By Megan Wilson
On September 11, members of the Boyne Area Cub Scouts Pack 53 traveled to the Grand Traverse 9/11 Memorial to take part in the 9/11 Perpetual Scout Salute and opening Flag Ceremony.
“The Scout Salute started here in 2012 when the Grand Traverse Memorial received the artifact from the North Tower,” said Grand Traverse Fire Chief Pat Parker. “We made a promise that we would never forget, and this is our way of fulfilling that promise.”
The Boyne Area Cub Scouts are comprised of area boys that are in grades one through five, and have an active role in supporting their surrounding communities.
“This is the third year for Pack 53 to be involved in the Perpetual Scout Salute,” said Webelos Leader Bob Petersen. “This year we had 12 boys and their families take part in the remembrance ceremony.”
“As a scout, we have a duty to do our best, to do our duty to God and Country,” said Petersen. “This event helps the boys reflect on their promises, and to become good citizens, and give respect to the firefighters and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
As the Cub Scouts filed out carrying flags in their hands, they each held solemn looks on their faces, shaking off the cold fall air.
“I’ve been doing the salute for two years,” said Raymond Emery, a third grade student at Boyne City Elementary School. “I do it to remember all the people who died when they were trying to save other people’s lives.”
Local citizens as well as military, police, and firefighters joined in helping the scouts with the perpetual salute.
“I think that events like this makes kids more aware of world events, it brings the events that happened on Sept. 11 closer to them,” said Merri Emery.
Boyne Area Cub Scouts will be recruiting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 18, at the Veterans Memorial Park in Boyne City.