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Memorial Day Grave Decoration

posted May 14, 2018, 8:21 PM by Reid Sox-Harris   [ updated May 14, 2018, 8:22 PM ]
Saturday, May 26 is our annual Memorial Day grave decoration service project at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno (1300 Sneath). This is a mandatory event, but Scouts should want to attend as a small token of appreciation to these great heroes. 
We will be meeting at the Scout house on Saturday, May 26th at 7:15 a.m. (Come early to get doughnuts!) for a 7:30 departure. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30, but parking can be a chore. We should be back by noon and Scouts will be dropped off at home. Transportation will be organized by patrol (we need parents to volunteer to drive!). “Class A” Uniforms are required. Bring your fleece and a warm jacket. The San Bruno fog and wind can be chilly. 

As Background: Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
On Saturday, May 26, Troop 57 will join Scouts from around the Bay Area to pay tribute to the men and women who served our country by placing an American Flag at every grave at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Golden Gate Cemetery is in San Bruno and has 145,000 graves. As an aside, because of its name and location, Golden Gate National Cemetery is often confused with the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. 
This is an annual service project that our troop has participated in for many years. The ceremony and flag placement are very moving. Many Troop 57 alumni join this service project every year because of its special meaning. This is our very small, humble way of acknowledging the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom and our way of life, on which rest so much that we take for granted every day. In many cases, these men and women made the ultimate sacrifice, giving that final, most precious gift that could never be repaid.