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Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Heroes at Flags at Fort Sam

Service, Duty to God and Country Play Essential Role in Traditions of Scouting

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 24, 2016) – Over 1,000 local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and community volunteer partners will spend Memorial Day Friday showing appreciation for men and women who served the nation by placing American flags at the headstones of fallen service members. We invite all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing and Exploring Scouts, Young Marines, active, reserve and retired servicemen and women, VFW and American Legion members, and anyone else wishing to pay their respects to join us at this annual event.  Media is invited to see Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in action from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27th at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.

“The Alamo Area Council is happy to see our youth do a ‘good turn’ and pay respects to the armed forces as part of our duty to the community,” said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. “Service, duty to God and duty to country play essential roles in the traditions of the Boy Scouts of America.”

The term “good turn” comes from the slogan “Do a good turn daily,” which is used by both organizations and means to do a special act of kindness, big or small.

Every year, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and volunteers across the country do service projects together as one way to keep their promise to help other people. While a Boy Scout or Girl Scout should do his or her best to help other people every day, a group service project like placing flags at Fort Sam Houston help youth learn to work together and do something that's good for community.

 “By reciting the Girl Scout Promise, Girl Scouts make an oath to serve their country,” said Major General Angie Salinas USMC (Ret), CEO Of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. “But our girls serve not because of obligation but because they are proud to say they honored our heroes. We are proud to participate in this important event that honors our fallen service members.”

The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. at the Assembly Area located on the southeast side of the cemetery near the administrative offices.  Flag placement will begin immediately after.

For event details, visit or contact the Flags at Fort Sam Committee by email at or by contacting Amber Sizer at 210-323-5096.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA)

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 18,000 youth and 6,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of BSA, the Council serves over 25,876 youth.  The BSA continues to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  Learn more at

About Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT):

Powered by nearly 6,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves more than 18,000 girls in its 21-county jurisdiction. Girl Scouting helps girls in grades K–12 develop the courage to experience new adventures, the confidence to defy self-doubt and the character to impact a community. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-swtx.orgExternal Link.


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