Members of local Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs along with their leaders and families planted flags on the graves of veterans at Mountain View Cemetery on November 4 in observance of Veterans Day.

The Scouts pay tribute to veterans in this way twice each year – on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. This has become a tradition for the local Scouts who are belong to the Great Valley District of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Scouts from Packs 235, 30, and 18 and Troops 235, 18, and 540 in Vinton and Bedford County participated, along with their leaders and families on the afternoon of November 4.

Tony Whitaker, District Commissioner at the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, explained to the Scouts how to identify the graves they were looking for. In some cases, the graves of veterans are fairly easy to locate since newer markers usually indicate rank, branch of service and era in addition to the name. Older graves often are not identified as belonging to a veteran.

The boys and girls scattered out across the cemetery searching for markers of those who had served in the United States Armed Forces.

Christian Sparks from Troop 18 was able to plant a flag on the…

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