Memorial Day Flag Planting

Planting Flags at LA National Cemetary

My Son Henry Planting Flags at Los Angeles National Cemetary

Memorial Day is a day to remember men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.  It was initially started in 1868 to honor Union soldiers from the Civil War and was known as Decoration Day.  After World War I, the holiday was expanded to include American casualities of any war.

Our Cub Scout Pack were among several thousand Los Angeles Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts who helped place flags at LA’s National Cemetary on Saturday, May 23rd.  LA’s Cemetary has been in operation since 1887 and includes more than 70,000 graves sites including 13 graves of Medal of Honor recipients.

In a span of 30 minutes on Saturday, all of the grave sites were decorated with an American flag.  Our boys would place a flag near the grave marker, say the soldier’s name and unit out loud, solemnly salute the flag and say “thank you for your service”.   This drill was repeated by our 35 Cub Scouts until we covered our assigned area with American flags.

It was a moving sight and a great way to spend part of our Memorial Day weekend.  I am sure it is a memory that my son will have for the rest of his life.  If you ever have a chance to participate in this great ceremony, do not hestitate to join – you will be glad that you experienced this touching reminder to those who have served our country.

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