Memorial Day Flag Placement – Marietta National Cemetery, May 24th, 0800 – 1000

This is a Class A Uniform Event.  Pack 471 has participated in this annual event since its inception almost 20 years ago.

Each year Scouting organizations in our community place flags on the 18,000+ graves of U.S. military veterans in the Marietta National Cemetery.  This service project is carried out on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Its purpose is to help prepare the cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony that takes place on Monday.  In addition to community service, it is an opportunity for both youth and adults to learn about and appreciate the service and sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service of our country, as well as the rich history of the Marietta area.

The event began in the Cobb District of the Atlanta Area Council (AAC) of the Boy Scouts of America, in cooperation with the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia.  It is currently hosted by the AAC Foothills District.  Over two decades it has grown to include members of both Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting organizations, and all are welcome regardless of where their Scouting organization is located.

Scouts and Leaders, in uniform, gather at the cemetery between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Each Scout receives a commemorative patch upon arrival.  There is a short opening ceremony, which includes Presentation of the Colors, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. Members of the Sons of the American Revolution, in uniform and with working muskets, are featured in the program.

Instructions for properly placing the flags are given, and Scouts are dismissed to spread throughout the cemetery and place the flags.  The flags are located at stations throughout the cemetery and are distributed to each Scout in small quantities so that everyone gets a chance to place some flags.

When there are no more flags to be placed, everyone is free to leave, there is no closing ceremony.

Marietta National Cemetery is located at 500 Washington Avenue Northeast, Marietta, GA 30060.  The cemetery borders on Roswell Street (120) and is a few blocks east of the Marietta Square.  Parking is available at the Charles D. Switzer Public Library (formerly known as the Central Library), 266 Roswell Street, directly across from the cemetery.  If you are using a GPS, the library address is probably your best bet for directions, or you can follow this link toGoogle Maps. Please use caution when crossing the street.


Rocket Launch Postponed until 1:00 pm next Saturday May 17th

We have had a group of scouts watching the boy scout weather rock very closely for the last couple of days:

Based on their prediction for tomorrow’s weather, we are moving the Rocket Launch and Crossover Ceremony to next Saturday the 17th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It will be in the same location.

This will also give everyone a couple of extra days to put that last minute paint on their rockets!

May 10th Rocket Launch and Crossover Ceremony 2-5 pm

Pack 471 will host the annual Crossover Ceremony and Rocket Launch on Saturday, May 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Garrard Landing Park off of Holcolm Bridge Road (the link to the map is here…)

Please note, we will continue to watch the weather and if the chance of rain for the weekend increases, we will postpone the crossover ceremony and the launch to the following weekend (the 17th)

The park is located at 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road.  You will enter the gates to the John’s Creek Environmental Campus just before you get to Chattahoochee River on Holcomb Bridge Road, then take an immediate left so you are on the gravel road on the inside of the fence.  Follow the gravel road about 300 ‘ and you will see the pavilion, washrooms and play area for the Garrard Landing Park.  We will gather for the ceremony on the large open field that is found just past Garrard Landing park.

We will have some small gathering games, but then we will have the crossover ceremony first where we will celebrate our scouts crossing into their new ranks with their new neckerchief and handbook for their new rank.  After that we will launch our rockets!

Time to start building a new rocket or dusting off an old one.  We strongly suggest that you only use A or B size rocket engines so we don’t lose our rockets if they go too high.  If you have never built rockets in the past, there are several types that are very easy first time rocket kits, which include everything but the engine itself. Hobby Town and Hobby Lobby both have a great selection of rockets and engines.  Remember to add wadding.

Things to bring:

Your scout’s rocket to launch

Engines ( bring multiple if you want to launch your rocket more then once)

Class – A uniform with Class B under it (they can remove their blue uniform shirt after the ceremony).

Water bottles


We hope that you can make it and celebrate this year of adventure that we’ve had!


Pack 471 – Wow – What an incredible weekend on the USS Yorktown.  It was awesome!!!  There was so much to do that if feels a lot longer than just one night.  The aircraft carrier was amazing along with all the other incredible sights which include the USS Laffey (battleship), the USS Clamagore (submarine) and more.  See the following website for more information:  But it would never have been as much fun if not for you, the scouts, parents and the siblings.  And a special thanks to Robert Payne for coordinating, keeping us on track and most importantly – helping us count again and again and again and again and again the attendees from Pack 471 for our Fire Drill.  Seriously, thank you Robert for all of your hard work!!!