Scouts Plant Flags in Honor of Memorial Day

May 24, 2014

Scouts around Charlottesville and Albemarle County gathered at the Riverview cemetery Saturday morning to remember those who fought and died while protecting the country.

“We're planting flags around the veteran’s graves,” says Alex Hovey of Troop 32. “I think it's important because they risked their life for us.”

“It's a really good thing for the kids to do, it's fun for them on a beautiful day, it's also a good thing to teach them about what our veterans have done, the service to their country and remember them,” says Adams Sutphin, pack master for Troop 36.

It's something that the scouts do every year, but each time they visit the cemetery they learn something new.

“We just placed a flag on the Spanish American War soldier and World War II and all the wars,” says Sutphin. “It's just a wonderful history lesson to remember that these were real men, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, who have their lives for our county.”

Hundreds of flags were placed, each paying respect to the soldiers. One Cub Scout, who is planting flags for the first time, says he is honored to keep their memory alive.

“I just feel like are there and they protected our country and I feel like it's a big experience to plant flags by them,” says Isaac James from Pack 10.

When they finished, the scouts gathered in a circle, taking turns explaining what Memorial Day means to them. Some of their stories were happy and some were sad, but they were all reminded of the sacrifice made by those who died in battle.

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