My son has been a part of the Scouting program since he was in second grade. And while he has had lots of great opportunities come his way, decorating at our city's national cemetery on Memorial Day is one he hasn't gotten to officially be a part of. So, this year, when that opportunity came, we made sure to get on the list! I loved getting to be a part of it and seeing everything up close and personal. It was a beautiful tribute to our service men and women that have gone ahead. Especially this year, with the loss of two WWII Vets in our family, both my husband's and my grandfather, in the last 6 months.
It was neat to see everything from the very beginning. There are literally thousands of people that participate in this event. Councils gather from our bi-state region and everyone from the little guys to the big guys come out to give a hand for this sacred tradition. In the waiting though, the giggles and wiggles have to be gotten out. We spent quite some time waiting to take our trek in. We even had a ladybug friend spend time with us as we walked (and walked) our journey.
Afterwards, the flag was lowered to half staff, and with assignments in hand, groups began to head to their designated area.
Due to the massive amount of Scouts of all ages, and their various family members, the thousands of graves to be decorated at Jefferson Barracks take less than an hour.
I loved this final shot as we drove out of the cemetery and that two sweet little Cub Scouts knew to salute those that had served for them. It was only once we were on the other side of the tree, that I saw a parent poised to photograph them. Nonetheless, I loved that they were being taught to put their respect into action on a day dedicated to remembering the service members that have gone ahead of us.
Until next time,