Originally there were the 6 historical flags that are used at Woodbadge and Timberline. Over the years flags have been added. Now eighteen historical flags covering our country’s history from the time of the Mayflower to the present day are used. It has been said that “flags are the shorthand of history.” Indeed, by the time the eighteenth flag has been presented and a short historical background for each flag has been read, everyone has a good feeling for what has made our nation what it is today.
Following the presentation of the historical flags, a color guard of Scouts raises the 50 Star and State flag on a 40’ pole, the “Pledge” is recited, The Star Spangled Banner is sung and breakfast is served.
Although this all started as a fundraiser, a much more profound reason for its longevity is obvious to those who attend. The sun is barely peeking over Cascade Mountain on the 4th of July when these young men from 8 – 18 begin to gather at 6:30AM. Besides the regular Pack and Troop members, there are cousins and friends, all in uniform and anxious to participate. Usually the smallest Scout wants to carry the largest flag. The Rattlesnake flags are especially popular.
In a time when America is criticized and belittled by those both here and abroad, these young men can’t wait to show their love and appreciation for “The Land of The Free and the Home of The Brave.” On this special Birthday of America, it is an inspiration to see that Patriotism is not dead but is alive and well in the eyes and hearts of these future leaders of our Nation. That is why this event has endured for so many years and will continue for many more to come.
Come join us! We start at 7AM at 918 South 725 West, Orem. It is guaranteed to set a special tone for the rest of your 4th of July celebration!