Fair Oaks Cemetery

On Memorial Day Weekend Troop 380 Scouts did their annual service project at the historical Fair Oaks Cemetery with Kai R. doing a great job as the Scout in charge. On Saturday May 27 the cemetery held its annual “Memorial Day Service” where the Scouts directed traffic, handed out programs and did an impressive flag ceremony during the service joined by Cub Scout and Daisy siblings. The flag they raised has flown over our nation’s capital and will now fly over the cemetery’s “Veteran’s Memorial.” This year’s theme marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. To commemorate the event Master Sergeant Joshua Baker gave an inspiring speech and read “In Flanders Field”. Other highlights of the service were guest speakers Congressman Ami Bera and Assemblyman Ken Cooley who were joined by DJ William Ruygt, a Troop 380 Eagle, doing the sound system and playing music and songs from the WWI era. The graves of WWI veterans buried at the Fair Oaks Cemetery were decorated with Flanders Poppies so people could easily recognize those that served in the “Great War” as it was called at the time. After the event the troop took down the chairs and awnings. In the afternoon we returned to the cemetery to take down the Avenue of Flags. Monday morning we put up the Avenue of Flags, returning in the afternoon to take down the flags. This is a popular service project where the Scouts enjoy being a part of a moving ceremony as well as receiving the gratitude of the public. This year 27 Scouts took part in the service project over the weekend.

Avenue of Flags

 

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