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YMCA Raises US Flag Again

[photopress:scout_emblem.jpg,thumb,right]News articles about Scouts always get my attention and this story from Ocean Springs, Mississippi is no different. Having served first as an Asst. Scout Master, then Scout Master for Troop 404 in Pampa, Texas, I still hold Scouting in high regard and am proud that my son is an Eagle Scout.

With their flag pole repaired, and with Cub and Boy Scouts present, the United States flag is once more flying over the Ocean Springs, Mississippi YMCA. The flag pole damage is the result of the direct hit of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

That’s great news for the recovery efforts that are still ongoing. Keep up the good work boys and what a great way to earn the Citizenship Merit badge. It make me feel good inside.

The Sun Herald | 01/06/2007 | YMCA raises its flag again

OCEAN SPRINGS – The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Pack 220 on Friday raised the American flag at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blossman YMCA for the first time since Katrina.

The YMCA flagpole was damaged during the storm and could not be used. As the flag was being raised for the first time in more than a year, the ceremony represented more of a celebration of survival for those who attended.

The YMCA’s chief executive officer, David Harris, credits his staff and concerned citizens for the successful repairs to the hurricane-damaged pole. Members of the Cub Scout Webelos and Boy Scouts participated in the flag-raising ceremony to earn their citizenship badges.

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