Oklahoma Boy Scouts mark veterans' graves with U.S. flags

The Scouts are decorating graves across western and central Oklahoma during Memorial Day weekend.
From Staff Reports Published: May 24, 2014

Scouts from across the Last Frontier Council are placing U.S. flags at veterans’ graves in western and central Oklahoma in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, Scouts placed flags on the graves of veterans in Memorial Park Cemetery.

“The Boy Scouts have been working with us for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” said Rick Voty, commander of American Legion Post 170 in Midwest City.

At Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City, Scouts and members of the Legion plan to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Together, they will place American flags on more than 2,700 graves of veterans. A ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. featuring state Sen. Cliff Aldridge R-Choctaw delivering the keynote address.

“This means a lot to the veterans and to the Scouts,” said Tracy Terry, Scoutmaster of Troop 275 in Choctaw. “The Scouts get to connect to their American heritage and they get to meet veterans and understand the sacrifices they have made to shape our country and honor what they have done to protect the rights and liberties that we enjoy.”