By Melany Gardner
May 25, 2015

Cub Scouts provide service for Memorial Day

american flags 3Cub Scouts, veterans and volunteers gathered at Spanish Fork Cemetery Thursday to help decorate 1,500 crosses in preparation for Memorial Day.

Volunteers gather here every year to honor the the fallen and commemorate the dead. From World War I to the Korean War, each white cross bore the name of an honored veteran, an American flag and a paper flower.

Cub Scouts from Pack 80 from the Spanish Fork 12th Ward enjoyed helping decorate the crosses and their leaders used the service project as a learning tool.

leader and cub scout flag“Every year, before we go help with the service project, I have the boys come over to my house and we learn how to raise and lower the flag, ” June Dutton, a den leader in Pack 80, said.

Dutton said they try to teach the boys about the meaning behind all the crosses they decorate by telling them that each of those people were little boys and little girls once and they fought to protect our freedoms.

“It’s great for the boys to learn patriotism and reverence for those who have passed,” Annaleis Smith, another den leader for Pack 80 said.

What other great service projects have your Scouts done for Memorial Day?

Check out more photos from the event below:
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Author: Melany Gardner | Editor, The Boy Scout, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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