Memorial Day Flag Ceremony – Marietta National Cemetery – May 25th, 8:00 a.m.

This weekend is the Memorial Day Flag Ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery.  Pack 471 has been participating in this event for several years and it is one of the most impactful events of the year.  The heart of the ceremony is when scouts place flags in front of grave markers of our nation’s veterans and salute the soldier and their sacrifice to our country and our freedom.  While most of the  rest of the year is about fun and achievements, this day is about honor and values.

Please join us on Saturday May 25, 2013 at the Marietta National Cemetery at 500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta, GA.  Pack  471 will meet about 40 yards in from the main gate at the Northwest corner of the cemetery starting at 8:00 AM.  Come early as once the flag placements start, it will take less than one hour to place flags on all the markers.

Parking is very limited and  they suggest parking at the Public Library on Roswell Street but if you come early there is some parking near the main gate.

Scouts must wear their Class A Uniform for this event.  There is a lot of walking and the standard footwear is also required  (close toed shoes, no sandals or Crocs). Once we have begun, we will be placing flags for about an hour, at which point all of the headstones, nearly 18,000 of them, will have a flag placed before them.

Yours in Scouting,

Robert Payne

Pack 471 Committee Chair