Boy Scouts mark 50 years of honoring sacrifice
With sunlight peeking through an overcast sky, a five-decade old tradition continued among the rolling hills of Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Thursday night.
Scouts with the Cascade Pacific Council's Thunderbird District of Boys Scouts of America gathered at the cemetery on May 24, to place flags of remembrance in preparation for Memorial Day. After a solemn opening ceremony, scouts scattered across the cemetery, placing more than 140,000 flags on the graves of those who served in the military.
District officials estimate nearly 1,500 scouts and their families attended the annual event. Scouts in the Thunderbird District hail from schools in the Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Estacada, Gresham-Barlow, North Clackamas, Oregon Trail, Parkrose and Reynolds school districts.
— Anne Endicott