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Boy Scouts help VFW honor veterans
Troop 486
A flag is placed at the grave of Walter W. Meeks Jr., an Army sergeant who served in the Korean War. - photo by Photo provided by Nicky Hurt

Every Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7331 of Richmond Hill honors veterans by placing flags at their graves in various Richmond Hill cemeteries.

This year, Boy Scout Troop 486 joined Post 7331 and participated in these ceremonies at Burnt Church and Oak Hill cemeteries.

During the ceremonies, an American flag is placed at each veteran’s grave while Scouts and Post 7331 members stand in respect and a veteran or Scout salutes the fallen hero.

Past VFW Post Commander Harold Eckhoff thanked the Scouts for participating in the ceremony, adding that the post was glad to support the Scouts in developing their citizenship and fostering knowledge and respect for the true meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by the nation’s veterans and active-duty military.

Other VFW participants included Art Hurt, senior vice commander; Matthew Leach, junior vice commander; Armand Hebert; and Robert Jones.

Troop 486 Scoutmaster Max Coles thanked the VFW for the opportunity to participate, and said he looks forward to making this an annual troop event.

Troop members participating included Assistant Scoutmaster Peter Mierke and Scouts Riley Franzel, Brett and Austin Hurt, Colby and Corbin Riley and Anthony Aitken.

They were joined by many family members, including Nicky Hurt, Trudy Franzel and Bobby and Caleb Riley, along with Capt. Ian Riley, commander of the 526th Engineer Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion on Fort Stewart.

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