Members of Cub Scout Pack 3285 honored our local veterans for their service to our country on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. At their Pack meeting, the Scouts created special thank-you cards to show their appreciation for the freedoms they enjoy today. Delegates from the Webelos den visited Bishop Hills Elder Care Community in Rockford on this special day and hand-delivered the cards. The boys were also able to talk with the veterans individually and learned of their military experiences. Cards were also sent to members of the U.S. Army National Guard’s 1073rd Maintenance Company, based in Greenville, who recently returned from their second tour of duty in Iraq.
Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School took part in the 9/11 Remembrance Salute at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This year over 3,500 Scouts took part in the salute. “We had a wonderful turnout this year, in spite of the rainy weather,” according to Ryan Kreisch, Eagle Spirit District Executive. “The number of participants continues to increase every year.” Each year since 2002, the salute is held to honor those who lost their lives and those who gave so much love and help following the terrorism attack on September 11, 2001. The sun-up-to-sun-down salute conducted by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, law enforcement, area fire services, EMS, active military, veterans and citizens is the only memorial held in the nation for the entire day.