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BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS HONOR FALLEN HEROES AT FORT SAM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 20, 2015) – Nearly 1,000 local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts 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 Boy Scouts, Girl 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 22nd at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.
“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.”
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.
“It is a foundation of Girl Scouting and requirement of the Girl Scout Promise and Law to serve God and one’s country,” said Jody Hernandez, Interim CEO for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. “We are proud to partner with the local Boy Scout council to honor our service members through this annual tradition.”
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.
The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. at the Assembly Area located on the east side of the cemetery near the administrative offices.
About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council
The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas. The Boy Scouts of America continue 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. For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.
About Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
In partnership with more than 7,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves 23,600 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.org.