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Boy Scouts are banned from annual Memorial Day tradition of planting American flags at veterans' graves due to coronavirus lockdowns

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Somebody needs some reminding...................... with a rope! If you were a troup leader or had a kid or gradnkid in scouts what would you do?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-tradition-planting-flags-veteran-graves.html
  • The Department of Veteran's Affairs has cancelled all public Memorial Day events from taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • The move bans Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from participating in the annual tradition of planting small American flags at the graves of veterans
  • Officials on Long Island, NY - which holds the most veteran graves in the country - are demanding that the VA lift their ban on events
  • The US National Cemetery Administration, which runs the cemeteries, says due to the 'national emergency' the graveyards will be closed to events
  • Loved ones can still come to cemeteries if they maintain social distancing
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


Boy Scouts are banned from annual Memorial Day tradition of planting American flags at veterans' graves due to coronavirus lockdowns
  • The Department of Veteran's Affairs has cancelled all public Memorial Day events from taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • The move bans Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from participating in the annual tradition of planting small American flags at the graves of veterans
  • Officials on Long Island, NY - which holds the most veteran graves in the country - are demanding that the VA lift their ban on events
  • The US National Cemetery Administration, which runs the cemeteries, says due to the 'national emergency' the graveyards will be closed to events
  • Loved ones can still come to cemeteries if they maintain social distancing
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
By Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:33 EDT, 13 May 2020 | Updated: 08:28 EDT, 14 May 2020




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The annual Memorial Day tradition of honoring veterans by placing small American flags at their graves has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has prohibited public events from taking place and banned the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups from planting the flags at cemeteries this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has infected 1.4million across the country.
However, in some communities there has been backlash and demands to reinstate the tradition.
On Long Island, New York, where over 500,000 veterans are buried at two national military cemeteries, locals are asking the Department of Veteran Affairs to reconsider the ban.
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The Department of Veteran's Affairs has cancelled all public Memorial Day events from taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the Boy Scout tradition of planting small American Flags at the graves of veterans at military cemeteries. Last year's 'Flag Placement Ceremony' at the Los Angeles National Cemetery pictured above on May 25
'If we can't figure out a way to make sure we are placing flags at their graves to honor them, then something is seriously wrong,' Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone said.

Suffolk County is home to Calverton and Long Island National Cemeteries, the resting places of more veterans than any other military cemetery in the country, including Arlington National Cemetery.

Every year Boy Scout Troop 442 from Middle Island, New York places thousands of flags at headstones at Calverton National Cemetery in honor of the veterans’ sacrifice.

'What we're asking the VA to do is, rather than have a blanket policy across the country, allow the national cemeteries at the local level, to make this determination in conjunction with the local health department,' Bellone said to Fox News.

'We will take the responsibility to say that this flag placement plan meets the state and national guidelines but give us that opportunity to do it, allow us to honor our fallen heroes,' he added.

He said not doing so would be disrespectful to the veterans' legacy.

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Boy Scouts from the Long Beach troop prepare a US flag besides the graves of war veterans during the annual 'Flag Placement ceremony' to honor the fallen for Memorial Day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, California on May 25, 2019
'We just commemorated VE Day, this is the generation that lived through the adversity of the great depression, they won World War Two. What is it going to say about our generation if we can't figure out a way to honor the greatest generation by placing flags at their graves on Memorial Day?' Bellone said.

Eagle Scout Kieran Monaghan, 18, has laid flags at veteran cemeteries for the past five years, and is confident his troop can do so again this year while taking safety precautions.

'It's definitely a very emotional, kind of moving experience. Personally, my Dad is a veteran. He was deployed in Iraq for a year. It's good to be able to pay our respects to our fallen heroes, it's important to me, it's important to the Boy Scouts, it's important to the community and it’s something that I would hate to see go,' he said.

'It is understandable to a point, but I don't think that it is unreasonable to be able to put a plan together to be able to still accomplish the same thing we have done year after year, still following social distancing guidelines, having everybody masked up, with gloves on. It's definitely doable,' added.

Boy Scout troops across the country including California, Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin have also cancelled their flag-planting ceremonies in light of the outbreak.
The US National Cemetery Administration, the federal agency within the VA that operates the sites says despite outrages the cemeteries will not host any Memorial Day events.

'The agency said that due to the 'national emergency, VA national cemeteries will not be hosting public Memorial Day events.'

The agency further added that Long Island has not met state criteria for reopening and limits on social gatherings are still in place.

'Families and community members are welcome to visit national cemeteries throughout Memorial Day weekend and place individual flags on graves to honor friends and family. We ask that all visitors adhere to CDC, state and local health, safety, and travel guidelines,' the US National Cemetery Administration said.

Boy Scouts of America tells DailyMail.com: 'The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) takes pride in our Scouts’ efforts to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Our youth members learn the importance of duty to country and honoring the people who served it through the values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

As an organization and as individuals, we also appreciate the responsibility we have to conduct these efforts in accordance with local, state and federal health guidelines. The BSA instructs all our participants to adhere to applicable guidelines and practice appropriate social distancing at all times.'
 

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Social distancing ...the new normal :dduck:

The brainwashing has reached unprecedented heights and still the sheep obey
 
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More of the ongoing planned demolition of the nation.

But then, the Boy Scouts have already become the Boyo Scouts, with their gay-blade Scout Buddies. The next step, obviously, is to turn them into the World Socialism Scouts, and teach them America hatred.

I am so glad I have no children - I wouldn't be able to sleep, if I did.
 

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More of the ongoing planned demolition of the nation.

But then, the Boy Scouts have already become the Boyo Scouts, with their gay-blade Scout Buddies. The next step, obviously, is to turn them into the World Socialism Scouts, and teach them America hatred.

I am so glad I have no children - I wouldn't be able to sleep, if I did.
This will be great news in the future.
Meanwhile nothing gets paid???? What else is new????
 

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That makes for a good headline and all but this doesn’t upset me nearly as much as all the people who have or are going to lose their businesses due to the government shutdown and all the people that are now on the government tit.
 

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Forcing kids to submit is teaching them to not question authority & that is a very bad thing.
 

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I am so glad I have no children - I wouldn't be able to sleep, if I did.
My one & only (that I am aware of) still keeps me from a good nights sleep ! :ponder:
 

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That makes for a good headline and all but this doesn’t upset me nearly as much as all the people who have or are going to lose their businesses due to the government shutdown and all the people that are now on the government tit.
Or shutting down The People's churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.
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Those the least affected by SARS COVID 19 are the ones .gov shuts down that want to honor our dead Patriots.