For more than 100 years, local Scouts have decorated or placed flags on the graves of veterans interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. This year, more than 2,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Scout leaders and parents will come together on Saturday, May 26, to place a U.S. flag on the grave of each of the more than 50,000 veterans who served our country.
The Cherokee Area Council, BSA welcomes guest speaker U.S.
Navy Commander Kevin West. Commander West has operational experience with Commander Naval Forces Europe-Commander Naval Forces Africa-Commander 6th
Fleet (CNE-CNA-C6F) as Naval Forces Africa Public Affairs Officer for Africa Partnership Station exercises. He deployed in 2016/2017 as deputy public affairs director for Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support
. Commander West has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, a Joint Services Achievement Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO ISAF Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal for his work with United States Fleet Forces Command.
The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the Armed Forces Pavilion. The Choo Choo Chorus will open the ceremony with the National Anthem. The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute delivered by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council Color Guard. The Command Post Museum will also provide an educational display.
After the ceremony, more than 2,000 Scouts from Chattanooga and surrounding communities will split into groups and begin placing flags on each grave.
“This event is one of the highlights of the year for our local Scouting community,” said Scott Fosse, the Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts’ Cherokee Area Council. “Through the years, we have had several generations of Scouts place flags in this annual event, including Scouts who have placed flags for one of their own family members.”
One of the basic tenets of Scouting is to instill in youth a duty to serve their country. This annual service project encourages Scouts to learn about the importance of service to others and the sacrifices made by veterans to secure the freedoms millions of Americans enjoy today.