Roughly 4,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers this weekend will decorate each of the 183,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with an American flag during the 62nd annual Memorial Day “Good Turn.”
The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, May 29, at the cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road.
The public is welcome to attend the event, held by the Gravois Trail District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council – Boy Scouts of America. Scouts from across the council will assemble at the National Guard base and march into the cemetery at 12:30 p.m. They will proceed to the main flagpole near the center of the cemetery for a 20-minute assembly and ceremony. John A. Glover, a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force, will be the speaker. He is the historian for the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood.
Scouts will honor those who served our country by raising the American flag and then lowering it to half-mast as Scout buglers play “Taps.” Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout—the highest rank in Scouting—during the past year will serve as the color guard. Scouts and leaders will then decorate each grave in the cemetery with a small American flag.
It takes less than two hours for Scouts to place more than 141,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery, according to a news release.