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Paying tribute: Westport Boy Scouts place flags at the graves of veterans

Boy Scouts of America said it gives them a moment to honor those who fought for the country’s freedom.

Angelica Toruno

May 25, 2024, 10:10 PM

Updated 26 days ago

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Boy Scouts of America in Westport conducted its “Flags In” event on Saturday in honor of veterans on Memorial Day.
Twenty-one members from Troop 39 and Troop 139 visited five major cemeteries in Westport to place and replace American flags on veterans' tombstones.
"We identify fallen veterans based on their tombstones, their markings, their titles and we replace or place for the first-time flags on those graves," said Katherine O’Brien, Troop 139 scoutmaster.
Boy Scouts of America said it gives them a moment to honor those who fought for the country’s freedom. For Scout John Weddle the event is a tradition.
"My dad is actually in the military. So, every year I do it with him on the actual day," he said.
Senior Patrol Leader Jordan O'Brien has grown accustomed to her role every year since she joined the Troop in 2019.
"There's definitely always more than what we think there is,” she said.
In the fall, the scouts repurpose the old flags they collected for a retirement ceremony.


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