MAYVILLE - Cub Scouts of Chautauqua Lake Pack 126 and Boy Scouts of Mayville Troop 126 promise to "do their duty to God and Country" every day. On Saturday, May 26 they assisted the William L. Travis Post 493 American Legionnaires by placing American flags on veterans' graves at the Mayville and Chautauqua Cemeteries in time for Memorial Day ceremonies. This annual service project involved 20 scouts, carefully following direction to place flags, under the guidance of American Legion members Marty Hardenburg, Tim Jacobson, and brothers Eric and John Buxton. The scouts fortified themselves with donuts before heading out to the cemeteries and placing flags. Many of the scouts honored their deceased loved ones, grandfathers and uncles, by patiently waiting until his name was called and then placing a flag in the holder at grave side.
Some of the Boy Scouts have performed this community service since they joined Cub Scouting. One boy, Eagle Scout Michael Parker, has volunteered for this duty for 10 years. He was topped by Eagle Scouts Ray Fortney and Steven Akin who, along with their fathers, have assisted in placing flags for 11 years. Eagle Scout Akin has assisted at Chautauqua Cemetery where many of his relatives are laid to rest. John Buxton of the Legion remarked that he has been honored to perform this task of placing American flags in preparation of Memorial Day services for 40 years, beginning by helping his Dad and the American Legion.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts marched in Mayville's Memorial Day Parade. Boy Scouts of Troop 126 were actively involved in reciting poetry and performing readings during the ceremony. Patriotism is a strong value of the Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting programs.
Chautauqua Lake Cub Scouts of Pack 126 and Boy Scouts of Troop 126 prepare to perform community service by assisting the Post 493 American Legion in placing flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day ceremonies in Mayville.
All boys entering first through fifth grade are invited to join Chautauqua Lake Cub Scout Pack 126. A Cub Scout Open House and registration will take place on Friday, June 8 at 6 to 7 p.m. at Mayville's American Legion on South Erie Street. The William L. Travis Post 493 American Legion is the charter organization for Pack 126.
To learn more about Cub Scouting, contact recruitment chair Doris Godfrey at 753-2537 or visit Allegheny Highlands Council's website at www.alleghenyhighlands.com. Boys entering sixth grade and higher are invited to join Boy Scout Troop 126 by contacting Scoutmaster Andy Cesarz at 753-3797. Boy Scout Troop 126 is chartered by Mayville VFW Post 8647.