In years past, Scouts spent the Friday before Memorial Day honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving our nation. In the Alamo city, that community event is called Flags at Fort Sam. Due to the on-going pandemic, the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Director and the Alamo Area Council are encouraging the Scouting Community to consider a new approach to remembering those who defended our freedoms and protected democracy.
Join us virtually via Facebook Live, Friday, May 28th at Sunset (8:28pm), as Leslie Vinka, the River District’s Scout Service Executive, speaks with Aubrey David, the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Director, as they pay tribute to those laid to rest, including Taps played at Sunset.
“The Alamo Area Council is proud 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 (BSA). “Duty to God and Duty to Country play essential roles in the traditions of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Over the Memorial weekend, Scouting families are encouraged to visit the gravesite of a family member or friend who served in the military, and place a flag in reverence of their service. Send us a picture of your visit to FlagsAtFortSam@AlamoAreaBSA.org, including the name of the fallen hero you wish to honor, and we’ll share it with the AAC Community. Together, we will remember the bravery of the ones gone, but not forgotten.
On behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, thank you to all those who laid down their life for the safety and freedom of our great nation. We send our condolences to the family members who were left behind and are forever grateful for the sacrifice your family made for our freedom.