In 1950, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis, Missouri began placing flags on the graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for Memorial Day as a way to pay respects and offer thanks to those in uniform who fought for our Country. The Memorial Day annual Good Turn practice continues today as a tradition for the Boy Scouts of America.
On Oahu, the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America decorated the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl with lei and flag in response to an invitation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City and County of Honolulu. As each Scout adorned each gravestone with a flag and lei, they saluted with “thank you for your service”. This practice is an excellent tradition for our young men and boys to understand the sacrifice and devotion our military personnel have for our country and a wonderful way to honor each buried hero that they are not forgotten.
Pictures of Troop 147, May 24 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.