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BSA and U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs team up for #ScoutSalute

In Black Swamp Area Council, serving 13 counties in Northwest and West Central Ohio, more than 6,000 youth and 1,700 adult volunteers have continued to engage in Scouting virtually and their communities in youth and work-force development programming. Local Scouts are encouraged to tag council in their social media posts with #BlackSwampScouting. Black Swamp Area Council units are encouraged to check with their local officials on efforts that Scouts can help with at this time for Memorial Day.

Scouts groups and unit leaders can find more information about this national event by CLICKING HERE!

Among those fallen heroes are veterans who have passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic – at a time when customary services and funeral honors cannot safely be performed. The names of those veterans are listed on the Veterans Affairs Roll of Honor webpage, which is updated daily and includes their branch of service and location of burial.

"Our Scouts learn the importance of duty to country and of honoring the people who served it through the values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law," said Boy Scouts of America CEO Roger Mosby, a U.S. Navy veteran. "It is our privilege to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to show our gratitude to fallen service members who otherwise may not receive the attention they deserve during this trying time for our country."

Scouts will also participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day by saluting the American flag at their home in full Scouting uniform and saying the name of a fallen service member as they would if placing a flag at a grave. At 3:01 p.m., Scouting buglers and horn players nationwide will then perform "Taps," the melody traditionally played at U.S. military funerals. Leading up to Memorial Day, Scouts may also place flags at headstones, as individuals or with members of their family, where regulations allow.

"This collaboration between the Boy Scouts of America and the National Cemetery Administration represents a significant effort to honor and express gratitude to our nation's Veterans on this Memorial Day and every day," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this collective tribute for our fallen heroes by leaving a message for at least one veteran by Memorial Day on the Veterans Legacy Memorial webpage and by joining Scouts and the country in the National Moment of Remembrance.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be "Prepared. For Life.®" The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.

About the National Cemetery Administration
VA operates 142 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 41 states and Puerto Rico. Nearly 5 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, online at www.va.gov/burials-memorials/or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.

SOURCE The Boy Scouts of America; The National Cemetery Administration

 

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