This weekend thousands of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from all across the USA
will take part in a powerful service to our country. 

Before the official Memorial Day ceremony, many Scouts and their leaders gather to national cemeteries where the Scouts receive small American flags to place at the headstones of deceased military men and women.  (I was not aware there are
so many national cemeteries where members of our military have been interred.) 

I don’t know if all Scouts follow the same protocol, but I felt myself tearing up as I watched a short video.

It showed a Scout clean off a headstone, give the scout salute as he read the name on the grave. “Thank you for your service,” he said. Then, he placed the American Flag in front of the headstone.

I think it is an important message to our Scouts to honor those who fought and died for us. It teaches them that nothing is given to us without a struggle to protect the freedom we enjoy in our great country.

Thank you to all Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for doing such a memorable duty to our country.

I believe it is also a really nice gesture to thank the retired vets and those
in uniform. May we all remember to say, “Thank you for your service.”

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Joyce Olesen
is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She love kids, camping, country music and sport cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his "Scout" she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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