Tuesday, May 27, 2008

59th Boy Scouts of America's Greater St. Louis Council "Good Turn" program

It's a privilge to be a part of honoring real heros.

This is Caleb and Lucas's (pictured bottom) second year to participate in the Gravios Trail District Boy Scouts flag placement ceremony at nearby Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

This is the 59th year the Boy Scouts of America's Greater St. Louis Council has planted flags at the headstones, a program they call the "Good Turn." Boy Scouts from the St. Louis area place small U.S. flags in front of 168,000 graves. It's a good opportunity for Scouts to learn more about patriotism.

The Boy Scouts' procession at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery began with a band of bagpipers (pictured top), a group of Scouts carrying the flags and about 4,000 Scouts and their families and friends.

Even though they cover 331 acres of graves of veterans going back to the Civil War, the flag placement doesn't take more than an hour. A heavy rain started to fall at one point, but the Scouts kept on placing flags.

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