FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWhen:
1 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012Where: Jefferson Barracks National Cemeter
y, 2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125Contact: Joe Mueller
, Director of Public Relations; C: (314) 603-9983
ST. LOUIS—Approximately 4,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers on Sunday, May 27, 2012, will decorate each of the 189,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with an American Flag during the 63rd annual Memorial Day “Good Turn.”
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.
Major Sean Brown (right), who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in St. Louis and served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the speaker.
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 150,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is one of the oldest interment sites of the National Cemetery Administration
, Department of Veterans Affairs. Its 331 acres served as a burial landscape for soldiers since the Civil War.Editor's Note:
Contact Joe Mueller
(Cell: 314-603-9983) to schedule interviews with Major Sean Brown on Friday or Saturday, May 25 and 26.