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Eagle Scouts Everywhere!

Nothing brings me greater joy than spotlighting young people doing good. Today from two different stories, comes news that four boys have earned rank of Eagle Scout. When I was active in Scouting, the report from national scouting was that of all the boys who enter the scouting program, only 2% would earn the coveted Eagle Scout award.

Hard work and leadership are the qualities of the Eagle rank and these are fine examples of that process. Congratulations to T.J. Puls, Jared Collins, John Melton, and Harris Lynch. You have earned one of the hardest awards to achieve, sticking with Scouting many years to get to this day.

The Pueblo Chieftain Online – Eagle Scouts soar to the top together

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T.J. Puls, Jared Collins, and John Melton

Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is a big deal.

But when three buddies – T.J. Puls, Jared Collins and John Melton – all of whom have been together in scouts since they were in elementary school, earn the organization’s highest honor at the same time, it’s huge.

So big that Kevin Kelly, the scoutmaster for Troop 19, must make alterations to the Eagle Court of Honor celebration to accommodate all the friends and family of three teenagers.

“We’re still trying to figure out how we are going to do this. We haven’t had this many (scouts) earn this (at the same time) and I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” Kelly said.

“The interesting thing is, these boys came in together from Cub Scouts and have stayed together and remained friends.”

The Galveston County Daily News
dailynews_eaglescout.jpgGALVESTON — Harris Lynch, tennis player and member of Boy Scout Troop 104, almost literally stumbled upon his Eagle Scout project when he noticed holes and cracks in the tennis courts at Lasker Park.

With a little persistence and hard work, those flaws are gone.

Due to Lynch’s leadership, the court at 43rd Street and Avenue Q has been resurfaced and repainted. The park sports a new drinking fountain, newly painted and canopied picnic tables, new fencing, restored bleachers and a basketball goal and small court.

The city’s part of the project, restoring the restrooms, fencing and windscreens, replacing net posts and restoring lighting in the park, is near completion.

“Finishing it has been a big relief,” Lynch said.

“I was spending most of my weekends doing that and studying for school.”

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The Daily Flag News—December 14, 2007

A fifty foot flagpole, a big U.S. flag, and a hot cup of coffee sound good to me. In fact, it makes me want to take a little trip and enjoy a cup on Mr. Rocheleau’s porch with him. That would be a pleasure.

Local man’s replica flags honor service, sacrifice and country : Local News : Ventura County Star
ericparsonsflags.jpgEvery morning in the stillness at daybreak, Brian Rocheleau sits on his front porch with a cup of coffee, gazes at the rolling hills surrounding his 30-acre ranch in the Santa Rosa Valley and listens to what he says is the soothing, rippling sound of his 20-by-30-foot American flag as it catches a breeze beneath the brightening sky.

Flying high on a 50-foot fiberglass pole in his front yard, the giant flag is an imposing sight of undulating red, white and blue that mingles with the dawn’s silence — the best part of the day, said Rocheleau, a time he sets aside for personal reflection.

A great bunch of people surrounding the 97 year-old Captain Ralph Styles. I hope he’s recovered and back home for this evenings gathering.

Pearl Harbor survivor inspires appreciation for US flag – Local & State News – Tampa Bay’s 10 – tampabays10.com
captainralphstyles.jpgSiesta Key, Florida– Every evening as the sun sets on Siesta Key, dozens gather to witness, or even help in what’s become a neighborhood tradition. They gather honoring the United States flag at the home of 97 year old Captain Ralph Styles, a retired submarine commander in the Navy, who was there for Pearl Harbor, and spent his entire career protecting the country he loves.

“I think it’s very moving because people come here from the heart,” said Steve Golden, a retired US Air Force Colonel. “I realized today was Dec 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, and I told my wife, we have to be here.”

I love looking at these old flags, but WOW! $1.5 million dollars to store and preserve these battle flags.

Concord Monitor – 5 questions about flag restoration
concordbattleflag.jpgThe last time experts examined the 100 decaying regimental flags displayed at the State House in Concord, they estimated it would cost at least $600,000 to preserve them. The Legislature established a fund for preserving the flags 18 years ago, but only $1,300 has been collected. Now, Dan Meehan, the state commander for the New Hampshire Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a class at Woodsville High School are trying to reinvigorate fundraising for the project. We spoke with Meehan, a Rochester firefighter.

Why is it important to the save the flags? It’s part of our New Hampshire history. A lot of those flags were carried by New Hampshire men and women from the Civil War on up through Vietnam. . . . Some of these have been on the field of Gettysburg.

I’m slightly partial on this matter, being Texan and all, but I think it’s plain as the band on your cowboy hat which state has the best cowboys. So many folks are all hat and no cattle.

Casper Star-Tribune Online – Pro
nfrcowboys.jpgOne question gets cowboys particularly riled up: “So, where are the best cowboys from?”

Bareback bronc rider Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla., says matter-of-factly, “Green Country, for sure.”

Fellow bareback rider Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., is a little more practical, suggesting that by sheer numbers, it has to be Texas.

And then there are Wyoming cowboys.

“Wyoming, by far, man,” said Mills’ Kelly Timberman, who was leading the bareback competition of the National Finals Rodeo through Sunday with 339 points on four head. “We’re born cowboys when we hit the ground, we want to be cowboys when we’re teenagers, and we follow through ’til we’re old and gray and drinking beer and team roping.”

It’s never to early to start teaching boys to be good citizens. That’s what I like about the Scouting program.

Index Journal | Greenwood, SC | News
officer-cubscout.jpg“The flag had gotten pretty ratty, and any time it starts getting faded, you’re supposed to change it, by flag law,” Ehney said. “I asked my boss, Keith Harbin, if we could change it and bring the Scouts over. He was nice enough to allow us to use the facility here.”

Eight of the pack’s 10 dens attended the event, bringing more than 50 Scouts, ages 6 to 11, to the flag pole.

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“When a flag is in such a condition it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be replaced and destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” Ehney said Monday.

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Cub Scouts’ “Battle flag” flown in Iraq

Inspiration is easy to find these days and for the men of Camp Taji, Iraq, it came in a package from Cub Scout pack 236 in Atlanta, GA. Spearheaded by leader Josh Moreland, the boys quickly assembled a large CARE package for the troops and prepared it for overseas shipping.

In the package, the pack included their “battle flag” requesting the troops fly it over their camp, gather all the soldiers signatures and send it back to them. The project is almost complete and the boys will soon have their flag returned, signatures and all.

GX Online
pack236battleflag.jpgAlong with the cards and treats came a large “battle flag” belonging to Den 5. The boys mailed the flag in hopes of it being flown over Iraq, lowered and signed by the Soldiers of 1103rd and mailed back.

“We raised the flag and it’s being signed and then we’ll send it back to the scouts,” said CSM John Hagler, command sergeant major for the 1103rd CSSB.

“I want to thank you and your Soldiers in the 1103rd for your sacrifice and commitment to our country,” wrote Moreland.

What an inspiration these boys are and congratulations to leader Josh.

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The Daily Flag News—October 5, 2007

Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kit #01804, is being recalled for potential lead based paint. In addition to the news story, the Sam Houston Council website has more information.

Cub Scout badges recalled over lead fears | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
recognitionkit01804.JPGA plastic badge awarded to Cub Scouts was recalled Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America because it may contain excessive levels of lead paint.

The recalled badge — made in China — is the “Immediate Recognition Kit,” which has been distributed to an estimated 1.7 million Cub Scouts nationwide.

“Our highest priority is the safety of the boys,” said Gregg Shields, spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, which is based in Irving. He said the organization “apologizes for any concerns this may have caused and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone who participates in our programs.”

More flag pole controversy in Winchester, Virginia. A zoning ordinance of 40′ and an 80′ flag pole flying an American flag clash again. It seems every month another story surfaces about this type conflict. It seems better communication between cities and businesses might help.

The Winchester Star
winchesterstarflag.jpgBoyce — Long may it wave — at least for now.

Relatives of a late Waterloo businessman learned on Wednesday that they may continue to fly the American flag from an 80-foot flagpole outside his former business, despite a Clarke County board’s ruling that it violates zoning laws.

In his decision, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge John R. Prosser ruled in favor of Jerry Kirk’s appeal of a decision by the county Board of Zoning Appeals. The board ruled in 2006 that his flagpole at the Apple Blossom U-Store-It violates county regulations that consider a flagpole a structure, and thus limit it to a maximum height of 40 feet in the Highway Commercial District.

Do you recognize the flag to the right? It’s a replica of the original New Mexico flag that flew between 1915 and 1920. A local business person found references to the flag and is now working to educate the public about its history.

Las Cruces Sun-News – Business celebrates little-known remnant of New Mexico history
newmexicooriginalflag.jpgLAS CRUCES — A little-known, never-flown New Mexico state flag is fluttering over Las Cruces these days, lending a dash of history to the city.

A replica of the original, although unofficial, state colors now flutters in the breeze at Garland Realty and Development on North Main Street. And it’s not even close to the red Zia and yellow field that residents of the Land of Enchantment have come to know and love.

A bit of Internet research caught Ed Garland’s attention a couple of months ago, and launched him on a quest to uncover the original colors. The flag was designed on the fly for the 1915 Worlds Fair in San Diego, according to Garland’s studies.

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The Daily Flag News—September 4, 2007

You have to admire a kid that takes on a project with such short notice. Now, the recognition is coming to Ethan Enyart for his patriotic flag ceremony with his horse, Daphnie. Sounds like a show I’d like to see.

American spirit alive and well at horse show
ethan-enyart.jpg Ethan Enyart has only been riding horses for about four years. But watching him open the 4-H Senior Fair Horse Show, you’d never know it.

By the end of a patriotic eight-minute routine, Enyart’s horse is standing with her front legs on a seven-inch platform while Enyart is standing atop his mount, raising the American flag and holding his black cowboy hat over his heart.

Onlookers applaud and whistle, while a few others wipe away a tear. The flag ceremony at the fair isn’t the first time Enyart has performed this routine. His first time was actually last fall.

I sure hope this car dealer doesn’t get in trouble for his 100′ flagpole and 30′ x 60′ flag. Seeing that American flag waving sure takes your breath away from a long distance. Look at the cars at the base for a perspective on size.

MailTribune.com: Old Glory Extra
craterlakefordflag.jpg Whipping in the wind over a car dealership on Biddle Road is an American flag bigger than many houses.

The 30-by-60-foot flag was raised on a 120-foot pole over Crater Lake Ford as a tribute to veterans, said co-owner Don Knudsen.
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A plaque at the bottom of the pole reads, “This Flag Flies in Honor of our Military Veterans from Southern Oregon and Across America.””That’s what it’s all about,” Knudsen said.

It took 12 National Guardsmen and four volunteers to raise the flag so it wouldn’t touch the ground during a Wednesday ceremony.

“It was absolutely all Don Knudsen’s idea,” said Herbert Robb, chairman of the Jackson County Military Veterans Allied Council and a retired Marine veteran from the Korean War.

“He wanted to honor veterans and he felt the best way to do it was a flag, with a magnificent pole, and a plaque. I admire his objective and thank him for that.”

Until reading this article, I wasn’t aware that September 3, 1777 was the first battle for the Stars and Stripes. An interesting bit of history, don’t you think?

American flag flies in battle Sept. 3, 1777 – Andrew Glass – Politico.com
thepolitico.jpg On this day in 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the first time.

This occurred during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Del. Gen. William Maxwell, commanding a Patriot force of infantry and cavalry, ordered the new flag raised in a clash with an advance guard of British and Hessian troops.

The rebels were defeated and forced to retreat to the encampment housing Gen. George Washington’s main force near Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania.

Three months beforehand, on June 14, the Continental Congress resolved that “the flag of the United States be 13 alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

This was a first for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard. The school needed an old flag disposed of, and the color guard was will to up to the challenge. The best part, the 5th graders were involved in the process to get the full meaning of respect for the U.S. flag.

AccessNorthGa.com – News Articles: North Georgia’s Sporting News Weather and News
sheriffcolorguard.jpg Lt. Bagwell said it was the first time the Color Guard conducted a ceremonial disposal of an old U.S. flag, but he researched it to follow military custom and tradition.

“The flag that was destroyed was rendered the same honors as the new flag that was going up,” Bagwell said.

Congressman Deal told the children the flag represents their past, present and future.

“It represents the sacrifice of many people since the creation of our country,” he said.
“It is one that all of us are proud of as our heritage and we all look to you as the future citizens who will sustain the freedom that we have enjoyed for all these many years.”

The Scouting program, both Boy and Cub deserves as much attention as I can heap on them. Pack 28 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania is another fine example of Scouts learning the proper way to retire American flags. It’s a fine looking bunch of boys and leaders.

tyronepa | Flag burning ceremony
cub-scout-pack-28.jpg Cub Scout Pack 28 held a flag burning ceremony last night in Bellwood. The public was also invited to attend and were able to participate in the event. Copperhead Webelos Den Leader Matthew Hale said he has prepared several ceremonies over the years but this was the first held on Labor Day. He added he would like to see this as an annual event. Also in attendance was Cubmaster Chris Bowers; Legion Commander Tom Kissel; Vietnam Veteran Tom Johnson; Deputy Commander of 21st District WWII Dick Bungo and Mayor James Bonsell, WWII Vet. Pictured is Cub Scout Pack 28 and their leaders along with Mayor Bonsell and Bungo. Following the public ceremony, the scouts, along with their leaders, continued to work, properly disposing of many American flags and a POW flag. (The Daily Herald/Amanda Golden)

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Grand Rapids Scouts Participate in Annual Event

Grand Rapids, Michigan—Good friend DaveJ from the B2Blog, attended the annual flag-placement event in preparation for Memorial Day, and sent some photos. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Veterans, and Honor Guards participated, placing flags on the graves and offering a twenty-one gun salute.
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The Daily Flag News—May 15, 2007

This flag is bigger and weighs more than most of the Cub Scouts from Pack 455. They are charged with proper disposal of a 30′ X 50′ American flag that flies over a car dealership in Lafayette, LA. I would love them to video the ceremony, and post to YouTube.

The Daily Advertiser – www.theadvertiser.com – Lafayette, LA
scouts-dealership-flag.jpgIt’s not a flag, anymore, just a collection of red, white and blue parts. A U.S. flag that once flew over Adrian Vega’s Acadiana Dodge is in the hands of Broussard’s Cub Scout Pack 455, awaiting its destruction.

The retired flag, which was taken out of service when it became too worn to display, is in limbo at the moment. It was supposed to be properly disposed of in a ceremony at a campout at Camp Avondale near Baton Rouge in March, but the event had to be canceled because of rain.

The proper way to destroy a retired flag is to burn it, said Scoutmaster John Prejean of Cub Scout Pack 455.
“We had to have (the campout) in a gym,” Prejean said, “and it’s not allowed to have a fire there.”

I never dreamed this sport was a big as it is. Flag football for high school girls is exploding in Florida, one of only two states that sanction at this level. Words like “fastest growing” and “4000 girls” tend to grab your attention.

AHN | Girls Flag Football In State Of Florida Coninues Exponential Growth | May 15, 2007
girls-flag-football.jpgFlag football is the fastest growing girls’ high school sport in the state and according to two respected high school athletic directors and one well-known head coach in the sport; it may be coming to an area near you soon. …
… “We started out 10 years ago in just our county,” Massey said. “We got a Florida Parks and Recreation rule book and went from there. We had 60 schools playing the first year and now we’re up to 152 schools.”

Florida, along with Alaska, are the only two states that sanction the sport at the high school level while no states sanction flag football as a boys’ sport. …
… Over 4,000 girls at nearly 150 schools now participate in the sport.

A Japanese Battle flag is the second story of its kind in the last few weeks. On May 10th, a story about a North Korean flag was in the news, now a Japanese flag is in the process of returning to the original family of ownership. Too bad no picture accompanied the story.

Top Stories: World War II Battle Flag To Be Returned to Japan, flag, family, museum – NewsChannel 9
japanese-battle-flag.jpgIt was over 60 years ago that Kihachi Imaizumi lost his life as a Japanese soldier during World War II. The battle flag he brought with him has remained–and up until today was located at Chattanooga’s Medal of Honor Museum.

Now, it will soon be making a trip back home to Imaizumi’s family in central Japan.

Museum volunteer Hitoe Engelbrekt, who herself is a Japanese citizen, first noticed the flag in the museum’s archives, and successfully appealed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees to release the flag to the Imaizumi family.

Brighton, Mass. celebrated its bicentennial in a unique way. Students from several schools gathered to form a large U.S. flag on the steps of Brighton High School for a huge photograph. This event was a re-creation of a similar event at the centennial celebration. Happy Birthday Brighton!

Living flag unfurled, history recreated – Brighton, MA – Allston/Brighton TAB
brighton-living-flag.jpgBrighton -Winship School wore white shirts. Mt. St. Joseph and Horace Mann wore red ones. Brighton High School held the stars. On Friday, May 11, more than 390 kids from these schools, plus nine others around Allston and Brighton, combined to create a “living” version of the United States flag on the steps of Brighton High School, in a joyous celebration of the town’s bicentennial.

“It was 390 of the nicest kids in the country,” said Nancy O’Hara, who co-organized the event with Janet Tambascio-Fraher and Dick Marques.

Photographers perched atop buildings across the street captured a bird’s-eye view of the festivities, which included a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Roudnie Celestin, a student at Brighton High School, and a version of “America the Beautiful” performed by a chorus from the Roland Hayes School.

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The Daily Flag News—May 14, 2007

I located a terrific website this morning with a story about the Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry flags. The site is ran by a Civil War buff that works as a Park Ranger at the Antietam National Battlefield. He has photos of some of the Civil War flags, and includes a link the Pennsylvania state website. Fascinating.

The 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry: Flags of the 48th Pennsylvania
recordbanner.jpgOne year after the end of the American Civil War, on Independence Day, 1866, the battle flags of Pennsylvania’s regiments were returned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in an elaborate ceremony that concluded with a memorable parade of the regiments’ survivors through the streets of Philadelphia.
Since this day 141 years ago, the flags of Pennsylvania’s Civil War regiments have been stored in a state arsenal building, then displayed in a specially-built flag room in the capitol. After this they were transferred to the state’s Executive Library and Museum, and then–finally–back to the capitol rotunda. It used to be that you had to travel to Harrisburg, or make a special appointment to view these flags, but not anymore. . .now, it’s as simple as a few clicks

It’s another Cub Scout story, involving the American flag. A short article, with no pictures, but the boys were busy.

Daily and Sunday Review – New American flag raised at park
the-daily-sunday-review.jpgTowanda Pack 6 Cub Scouts participated in a flag-raising ceremony at the cemetery Saturday morning. The flag pole is located at the entrance of the park off of Route 6.

Members of Pack 6 lowered the old flag and then raised the new flag that was provided by U.S. Rep. Chris Carney.

The scouts then placed more than 900 American flags by the graves of veterans.

Pack 6 participants included scouts: David Boardman, Josh Lundy, Dakota Kerschner, Robbie Roof, Auston Muller, Jeremy Vanderpool, Zachary Slater, Tommy Morrison, Brian Westbrook and Joey Scott. Scout leaders included Sue Lundy, Stacy Roof, Don Spencer, Deonna Kerschner and Kathy Fields.

The flag from Ford’s Theater, the night President Lincoln was shot, is on display in Allentown. The 36 star flag even has Lincoln’s blood on it. The flag was used to cushion his head, waiting on medical personnel. There is also a video showing the unveiling of the flag for display. Unbelievable!

WFMZ-TV Online
lincoln-flag.jpgAn important artifact from the Civil War is on display in Allentown. A 36 Star American Flag that was in Ford’s Theater the night President Lincoln was assassinated is now at the National Lincoln Exhibit. The flag is stained with the President’s blood because it was used to cushion his head as he lay dying from a gunshot wound.

An intriguing story about the American flag from the submarine USS Nautilus on its historic passage under the North Pole. It ended up with a sailor after the cruise, and is now the property of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. who will oversee it showing at museums around the United States.

Historic sub flag unfurled in Colorado
gj-sentinel.jpgThe Stars and Stripes that flew from the conning tower of the first submarine to pass beneath the North Pole have been whipped by the dry western Colorado breeze now for decades, their historical significance largely recognized by only a few.

The underway flag of the nuclear-powered U.S.S. Nautilus now is on temporary loan to the Museum of the West, and officials plan to have it on display as the museum reopens on May 19.

Now owned by U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., the flag found its way to western Colorado with Larry Brown, who has had it as close to the brine as the White River since 1969.

Soon after the Nautilus completed its super-secret mission to pass beneath the geographic North Pole at 11:15 p.m., Aug. 3, 1958, it made for port at Groton, Conn., for repairs.

Larry Brown, a submariner from the diesel era and a pipefitter, was walking up the gangplank when he saw a sailor walking down, carrying a tattered flag.

When Brown learned that was the vessel’s underway flag on its historic mission, he asked for it.

“I promised I would take good care of it,” he said.

And for 48 years, he did that.

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Lower the Flag Ceremoniously

A few days ago, I wrote about folding the U.S. flag, referencing the only sentence in the U.S. Flag Code about raising and lowering the American flag. For the ones that missed it, here it is:

The United States Flag Code, Section 6(b) says:

The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

Hoisting Briskly is easy. The definition of briskly is “quick and energetic.” That’s self-explanatory.

What about lowering the flag, though. “Lowered ceremoniously” is the phrase. It is normally said that the flag is lowered slowly, with reverence and that is the way most are preformed. Looking at definitions of ceremonious doesn’t support that, though.

Here a two:

  1. rigidly formal or bound by convention
  2. according to formal usage or prescribed procedures
  3. These indicate that the lowering is more formal than the raising. Interesting, though, is the fact that “prescribed procedures” shows up in many dictionaries, yet the flag code doesn’t list any procedures for lowering the flag.

    What’s all this mean? Slowly and with reverence is allowed, but so is example in this video. The word that captures it for me? Respect


    Video is from a Cub Scout Adventure Camp July 2006

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Flag lowered in ceremony at Ford’s presidential museum

In the 80s, I volunteered with a Boy Scout Troop. My son was the right age to join Scouting, and it provided a great opportunity to spend time doing fun things together.

Soon I was recruited to be Assistant Scoutmaster, and eventually Scoutmaster of Troop 404 in Pampa, Texas. We went camping and hiking in the mountains, and did the fun stuff Scouts do. In that time I noticed several things I’d like to share.

Flag lowered in ceremony at Ford’s presidential museum

A small crowd watched at dusk yesterday as the American flag was slowly lowered and removed from the flagpole outside the museum — then carefully folded by eleven area Boy Scouts.

It will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The flag had flown at half-staff since Ford’s death on December 26th. A new flag has been raised in its place.

Ford is the only president ever to have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

The region’s Boy Scout Council bears his name.

Ford’s presidential library is in Ann Arbor.

Not-so-Secrets of Scouting

My first observation is the importance of parental involvement with the program. The boys with active parents are the most likely to excel in the challenges of Scouting.

The second observation is the importance of role models. By the time my son got involved in Scouting, Gerald Ford had served his term as President but he became the role model for many of the boys. Former President Ford was always proud of his affiliation with Scouting, and never missed an opportunity to promote the program.

Only two percent (2%) of boys entering the program achieve the rank of Eagle. 2%! Eagle Scouts form an elite group, and the rank is for a lifetime.

As boys got closer to gaining Eagle status, Gerald Ford would become a topic of discussion around our meeting, showing how the skills learned in Scouting could propel an individual into the highest office in our country. Our troop was above average during the time I spent with Troop 404. We had a much higher than 2% Eagle attainment, all owed to the active parents.

The boys that made Eagle, were the boys with active parents (there is no other way to say it). They attended and helped with meetings or served on our troop board. They made a priority of attending camp trips, helping teach subjects like First Aid and Pioneering, and other vital life lessons.

I was saddened to hear the news about former President Ford, but extremely proud of his continued status of Eagle Scout. May he ever be …