Scouts get Oklahoma City cemetery ready for Memorial Day

Boy and Girl Scouts placed nearly 5,000 flags on the graves of veterans at Memorial Park in Oklahoma City.
BY KYLE SCHWAB kschwab@opubco.com Published: May 25, 2013

Service and respect

Gray said service and respect for the flag are Boy Scout tenets.

“You'll notice, when the boys put the flags on the graves, the respect that they show for the flag,” he said. All members, from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scouts, know how to do a flag ceremony and treat the flag with respect, he said.

“Being a veteran, I have a tendency to think about the guys at the grave site,” said Renny Reeves, a military veteran with more than 60 years of Scouting experience. “I think about their sacrifices and service.”

“They gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Eagle Scout Seth Truitt. Since the soldiers were willing to sacrifice their lives, the Scouts are more than happy to “sacrifice their afternoon to show support for our veterans,” he said.

Sam Gray, Bob Gray's son, also helped place flags and said the family has a personal connection to the cemetery.

Sam Gray's great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War, his uncle who served in the Korean War and other uncles who were World War II veterans are buried at the cemetery. He said he wishes he could meet them and thank them personally.