November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Today was the dedication of a local Veterans Memorial Park. T's Boy Scout Troop was asked to assist, handing out lapel pins and fliers, helping Veterans get seated, and handing out coins to the Veterans when their era was called out.

I have never in my life been so proud of our boys. Our Scout Master had hand picked the boys that he knew would come dressed, ready to engage, make eye to eye contact, and would be appreciative of the veterans.

And they arrived, pressed, fresh hair cuts, smiles, graciousness and... all that you want from a Boy Scout.

The Scout Master divided them up into Patrols, created Patrol leaders, explained to each leader what was needed and then stepped away. The Patrol leaders made it happen, with our Scout Master stepping in whenever he saw a bit of tweaking that needed to be done.

But the boys did it and they were awesome. It was wonderful to see them with the Veterans, shaking their hands, helping them get seated.

I think it was the best Veterans Day I've ever had. It was better than a parade. We were shoulder to shoulder with men and women that served our Country.

It was a great day.

Posted by Boudicca at November 11, 2013 10:31 PM

Next year, I want to know where you go for this... I want my boys to see this. What a wonderful thing to occur.

Posted by: vwbug at November 12, 2013 05:53 AM

That's the way its supposed to be. The Scouts are there to show their respect to those who fought for them, and to brighten up their day a little, and help out in any way they can. I remember when I was at one of these put on by our local American Legion and VFW, and their little bugle music player thing-a-ma-jig stopped working. Their was much consternation until my scout master said "we got this, Web, go get the bugle" Just so happens that the Troop Bugle happened to also be in attendance, and their was a scout trained in its use (along with grade 4 and 5 solo and group pieces). One Vet had tears in his eyes, and told me he had not heard a live horn play taps in salute to the flag since he left the service. It was my honor.

Posted by: Web at November 12, 2013 02:47 PM

Web- We had a Scout throw his instrument in the backseat in case the bugler didn't show up. We were back up!

I wish they'd taken us up on it. I think the bugler didn't really play. I think he had a little player stuck inside. They do that now. :(

Posted by: Bou at November 12, 2013 10:28 PM