SCOUTS HONOR

Lo­cal Scout troops at­tend un­veil­ing of Vir­ginia’s tallest Amer­i­can flag­pole

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­[email protected]­dex.com or 804-722-5109. [CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO]

CH­ESTER­FIELD — Many Tri-City area res­i­dents and trav­el­ers have most likely no­ticed the tall Amer­i­can flag that now flies over I-95 in Ch­ester.

The 40 foot by 76 foot Amer­i­can flag — which was put up by RJ Smith Ma­te­ri­als and USA Metal Iron in honor of the mil­i­tary and first re­spon­ders who go the ex­tra mile — de­mands at­ten­tion as it sits atop the state’s tallest flag­pole at 212 feet.

Lo­cal Scouts from Packs 135 and 2819, Troops 184, 900, 2880, 2819 and Sea Scout Ship 169 at­tended the un­veil­ing event and par­tic­i­pated in all of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered to the pub­lic. They were also able to visit with sev­eral hero or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“They were just glad to be a part of the com­mu­nity,” said Scout mom Melissa Bartholomew. “Some of the Scouts were there to as­sist in any way they can. They also wanted to at­tend the his­tor­i­cal event be­cause of its im­por­tance not only in our lives, but in hon­or­ing he­roes.

“It was a pa­tri­otic and civic op­por­tu­nity. The Scout oath states ‘On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my Coun­try,’” she added. “It was an op­por­tu­nity for us to do our du­ties.”

Along­side nearly 3,000 at­ten­dees, the Scouts lis­tened to sev­eral guest

The 40-foot-by-76-foot Amer­i­can flag sits atop the state’s tallest flag­pole at 212 feet.

speak­ers and en­joyed a per­for­mance from Amer­i­can coun­try mu­sic star and singer of “God Bless the U.S.A.”, Lee Green­wood. Sev­eral Scouts even had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Green­wood at the con­clu­sion of the event.

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Lo­cal Scouts from Packs 135 and 2819, Troops 184, 900, 2880, 2819 and Sea Scout Ship 169 meet and talk with coun­try mu­sic artist Lee Green­wood fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing of Vir­ginia’s tallest Amer­i­can flag­pole in Ch­ester­field in Novem­ber.

A Tuss­ing El­e­men­tary School stu­dent holds onto a bag of non­per­ish­able items for the school’s food drive.

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Lo­cal Scouts from Packs 135 and 2819, Troops 184, 900, 2880, 2819 and Sea Scout Ship 169 at­tend the un­veil­ing of the state’s tallest Amer­i­can flag­pole in Ch­ester­field in Novem­ber.

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