Pack 993’s First Annual Memorial Day Good Turn Event
On Sunday, May 27th, 2012, Wentzville’s Pack 993 celebrated Memorial Day with their friends and families by placing American flags on the graves of our Nation’s Veterans at Jefferson Barracks Memorial Day Good Turn. Pack 993 is from Peine Ridge Elementary School in the Wentzville School District. This was the pack’s first Memorial Day Good Turn celebration. The event was organized by Ray Butts, a parent and Den Leader from Pack 993. He was encouraged by his pack’s turnout, and plans to make the Memorial Day Good Turn an annual event for his pack. He hopes that Pack 993’s involvement in this event will help all citizens remember the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day, and will let our Nation’s heroes know that their hard work and sacrifice are not forgotten . He extended the invitation to other Packs as well, and Matt Breeze, from Pack 813 and J L Mudd Elementary in O’Fallon came with his family to represent his pack. During the ceremony, the boys heard the beautiful sounds of bagpipes, and listened to an inspiring speech delivered by U.S. Army Major Sean Brown, who is also a local Eagle Scout. The highlight of the day was when our boys were invited to place flags on the graves of our Nation’s Veterans. There is much history to be found at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Flags were placed on the graves of Col. Thomas Hunt, a Minuteman from the Revolutionary War, 1st Lt. Thomas Meehan III, a D-Day Commander from Easy company portrayed in the series “Band of Brothers”, local personalities like Jack Buck, and even 7 Medal of Honor Recipients. The boys and their families also visited and placed flags at the graves of members of their own families. There were Boy and Girl Scouts from all over the St. Louis area, and Pack 993 was proud to represent their families, the city of Wentzville, and The Boy Scouts of America on this very special day.