Local Scouts honor our veterans

Friday, December 29, 2017
Bentley Crafton, Dallas Goad, Jackson Humphrey, and Mason Layne, with their den leader Michelle Crafton, lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the program.
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Every year in November, Americans all across the nation come together in solemn remembrance of those brave military veterans who have fought for our country in conflicts far and wide. In gatherings big and small, ceremonies are held in honor of our veterans. One such ceremony was held at Veteran’s Park in Chapel Hill on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and the local Scouting groups were honored to attend.

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has fostered a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. Loyalty and bravery are components of the Scout Law, a set of ideals to which all Scouts subscribe, and Scouts venerate our veterans as the embodiment of these values. It was, therefore, with great reverence that local Scouting groups took part in Chapel Hill’s Veteran’s Day program.

The Tiger Den of Cub Scout Pack 352 was on hand to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

After the program, the Cub Scouts handed out cards to the veterans to thank them for their service. Boy Scout Troop 352 was also in attendance and conducted the flag ceremony. All of these Scouts were honored to demonstrate their national pride and patriotism by performing for the public the same ceremonial exercises that they practice at their weekly meetings.

The Scouts and public in attendance were also graced by the presence of a special speaker: Nashville singer/songwriter and veteran J.T. Cooper. Mr. Cooper was on the ground in Mogadishu in 1993 and participated in the events that were memorialized in the film “Black Hawk Down.” He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds and received his Honorable Discharge in 1995. All present were pleased to hear from this brave soldier.

Cub Scout Pack 352 holds weekly meetings held every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Henry Horton State Park. For more information, visit us online at chapelhilltnpack352.org, or call Ronnie Headley, Pack Committee Chair, at (931) 364-4647.