The Boy Scouts Of America’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony And Service Project

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Over 1,500 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scout leaders and parents will gather at the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Saturday to place U.S. Flags on each grave.  Ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. at the Armed Forces Pavilion. The Choo Choo Chorus will open with the National Anthem.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Gary Hart, U.S. Air Force, retired.    

The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute from the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council Honor Guard.

  There will also be a display by the Command Post Museum.  Following the ceremony, Scouts will break into groups and place U.S. Flags on over 50,000 veterans’ graves. 

Scouts from Chattanooga and surrounding areas have participated in this annual Good Turn for America service project for over 20 years.  Many Scouts and leaders take pride in placing a flag on the grave of a family member interned in the cemetery.

The Krystal Company is the title sponsor for this year’s Service Project. “Krystal is proud to participate in such a long standing community event,” said Krystal Chief Executive Officer Doug Pendergast. “Many of our Krystal guests and employees have served or are currently serving our country. To be given the opportunity to support scouts as they honor fallen veterans is a privilege.” 

The Krystal Company will be bringing in their “Krystal Cruiser” to serve everyone warm, hot off the grill, New Cracked Egg Sunrisers. Coffee & hot chocolate will be provided as well.  Krystal has also donated $2,500 to the Cherokee Area Boy Scouts of America to support the annual ceremony.

This event is sponsored by The Krystal Company, Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place, Key Bonding Company, Dignity, Tennessee Valley Ice, Truck ‘N Trailer, Coca Cola Bottling Co. and Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

For more information about this event, contact Natalie McMasters, Program Director for the Boy Scouts at (423) 619-5966 or natalie.mcmasters@scouting.org.


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