Gravois Trail Troop 724
stopped at Jefferson Barracks yesterday to make a special delivery to the
National Cemetery’s director, Jeff Barnes. The troop donated 2,600 American
flags to the cemetery to replace some of the old and frayed flags used during
the district’s annual Memorial Day Good Turn.
Troop 724, comprised of Scouts
with special needs, had originally planned to take a trip to Arizona this
summer to an Indian reservation where they would learn Native American survival
skills. Unfortunately, Scoutmaster Joe Vaughn and his unit of 17 Scouts were
unable to raise the $7,500 needed for the trip. Despite the disappointment, the
Scouts decided they would use some of the money to purchase new flags for Jefferson
Every year on the last Sunday of
May, Scouts from around the St. Louis Area place flags at about 190,000 graves
to honor the nation’s veterans who died while serving in the United States
Armed Forces. The flags donated by Troop 724 will certainly go a long way in
helping to honor those fallen soldiers.
The unit is still determined
to make its trip and will continue to raise money for a journey to Arizona next
Eagle Scouts Luck and Nick along with Scoutmaster Joe Vaughn presented over 2,500 new flags to Jeff Barnes, the cemetery's director.