MARYSVILLE — Members of Cub Scout Pack 80 showed their support for America’s fallen military members on Sunday, Nov. 10, one day prior to Veterans Day, by placing flags on the headstones of service members in the Marysville Cemetery.
Carmen Pruett, who’s helped to coordinate the annual event, reported that last year’s group of 15 Cub Scouts ran out of flags for the cemetery’s headstones, after placing 250, so this year’s group of close to 20 Cub Scouts, who were accompanied by almost as many of their siblings, placed 350 flags on the cemetery’s headstones.
“I believe we’ve been doing this for quite a few years, but I don’t know the exact timeline,” said Pruett, who’s been with Cub Scout Pack 80 for the past three years. “I hope our boys learn to appreciate what sacrifices these men and women have made for our country, and that they learn to honor those who make such sacrifices.”
One bit of history that Pruett was able to verify is that this year marked the first that the members of Cub Scout Pack 80 invited the general public to join them in placing flags on the headstones of service members at the Marysville Cemetery.
“Our intention was that, if you have any family members who are laid to rest here, and who are veterans, we wanted you to be able to honor them with us, by placing a flag by their headstone. We want to be sure no one is missed. I want people to be aware of what our young people are doing, and that they’re not forgetting about our veterans.”
The young members of Cub Scout Pack 80 who were asked what Veterans Day meant to them seemed to have learned the lessons that Pruett had hoped to impart to them.
“It means we should celebrate those who fought in wars, and are at war right now,” Jason Roach said.
“It’s a day to be grateful for those who died trying to protect our freedom,” Travis Wilcox said.
“Veterans Day is to recognize people who fought for our country, so America can have peace,” Kayden Eddy said.
“It’s important to teach our children the importance of remembering and honoring those who have served our country, because it is an honorable thing to do,” Pruett said. “Being honorable is a good thing, and we hope our boys will grow into honorable men.”