Memorial Day Flag Placement – Marietta National Cemetery, Saturday May 23th, 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. Please use caution when crossing the street.

When you arrive, you can meet up with our Pack by contacting John Helms at 770 490 1938

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Rocket Launch T minus 25 hours

Rocket Launch is only just over 24 hours away.

Remember we will be at Pope High School this year on the practice field.

Due to the high possibility of rain at some point tomorrow, we will not be using the large multi-rocket launch system as we have in past year.  Instead we will go with the small launchers that many of you probably already have from when you purchased your rocket.

If you have a launcher, we are asking for a couple more people to bring theirs to help get the rockets launched quickly.  (and those are quick and easy to take down if it does rain)

We will be Class B uniforms tomorrow.

If you want to launch your rocket multiple times, make sure to bring some extra engines for your rocket. (and done forget wadding)

If you don’t have a rocket yet, there is still time to pick one up from Hobby Lobby or Hobby Town.  We will also bring some extra rockets for anyone who forgets theirs.

See you tomorrow!

 

Rocket Launch and Crossover Ceremony – May 17th

Pack 471 will host the annual Crossover Ceremony and Rocket Launch on Sunday, May 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pope High School.

We will using the Pope High School practice field (behind the Gymnasium).

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

Sunscreen

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