A good turn out of Scouts for the Memorial Day good turn!
On Sunday, May 29th we had our annual Good Turn hike up to Punchbowl National Cemetery followed by placing flags on the graves.
Getting ready to leave Punahou for trash pick up duty.
The event started out with all of the scouts and parents meeting at Punahou School. From Punahou we divided into two teams, which would travel separately on each side of the street to Lincoln Elementary School. The reason was that we were going to pick up trash on each side of the road as we walked to Punchbowl. This was an annual tradition we did so that we not only hiked for exercise but also to help clean up the environment.
When everyone was ready, we headed off through the Punahou school campus picking up any rubbish that we found. We continued to do this until we made it to Lincoln School where we broke for lunch. We spent about an hour there until we hiked up to the top of the mountain.
Many flags for many graves.
We were accompanied by at least twenty other Troops and Cub Scout Packs as we walked to the top. It was really quite humid and with the other twenty troops around, it was just a scorcher.
We sat under a couple of trees and listened to the grand ceremony, which commemorated all of the soldiers that gave their lives for our country.
When it was all over we started to place flags above each headstone. Unfortunately, our box had a black ant colony that was ticked when we opened up the box. We were literally covered with them so we ended up having to whack the flags on the ground and try to dust them off.
The troop did a fabulous job placing flags in not only our section but in other sections as well.
When we were finished, we hiked back down for strawberry ice cream and juice, which was the highlight of the event; then hiked back to Punahou School.
Article and Photos by R. Kam
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