On our way to the section we had selected for laying wreaths, we encountered an Air Force major and three members of the Civil Air Patrol who had been tasked with offloading an entire 18-wheeler stacked floor-to-ceiling, and wall-to-wall with cases of wreaths. He was profoundly grateful for our offer to assist.
The boys took turns working on the truck, as the rest either grabbed boxes of wreaths off the back, or broke down and stacked the empties on pallets, all while going out and laying wreaths on the graves.
They worked quietly and diligently throughout. When a colonel came by and complimented the major on the smooth and efficient operation, he replied that the credit belonged to the thirty scouts and leaders who offered to help and just started working. As they stood watching in admiration, the major told the colonel that he wished his lieutenants in training were as self-motivated as these scouts. The colonel suggested he tell them on Monday morning, then got in on helping to offload the truck.
The boys from both troops were terrific, and several assisted elderly vets in laying wreaths on the graves of fallen comrades. Words cannot express how proud we are of every one of you guys.
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Assistant Scoutmaster/Troop Chaplain