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Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Archived Posts/Notices

Troop Elections

It’s that time, again… Time for Troop Elections. Troop Elections will be held on Tuesday night, October 7, 2014. If you think that you, or a Scout you know in our Troop, would make a great leader, here’s your chance to nominate him, or yourself for one of our many positions. As usual, we will be electing a new Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and other positions…

Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns: November 11, 1921

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1851_820_1755_1649On November 11, 1921, President Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns, also commonly called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which originally honored fallen American servicemen from World War I whose remains had not been identified.

Congress approved the creation of the memorial in March 1921. To ensure that the identity of the American really was unknown, the bodies of four unidentified WWI servicemen were disinterred from various French cemeteries. They were placed in identical caskets and brought to Chalons-sur-Marne, France, where Sgt. Edward F. Younger, a war hero, selected one of the four caskets at random during a ceremony at the city hall on October 24.

4183_2654_1405_1985The selected casket was placed on board the USS Olympia during another ceremony and sent to the United States, where it arrived on November 9. The casket was brought with much dignity to the Capitol, where the casket was put on public display on the 10th. An estimated 90,000 people came to pay their respects to the Unknown Soldier—so many that the rotunda was kept open until midnight to accommodate them all.

On the morning of November 11, the newly declared Armistice Day holiday, the enormous funeral procession for the Unknown Solider proceeded from the Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery. During the funeral at Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater, President Harding gave a speech and bestowed the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross on the Unknown Soldier; other nations also bestowed their highest honors.

2699_2279_715_2384The casket was then moved to the tomb, where a funeral service was read, and then officials and dignitaries laid wreaths and other tributes. The funeral ended with the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute.

At the time of the burial, the tomb had yet to be completed. The marble structure that now stands was installed in 1932 and bears the inscription “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” Unknown soldiers representing the fallen of World War II and the Korean War were laid to rest at the monument in 1958. A soldier from the Vietnam War was interred at the monument in 1984, but through DNA testing the body was positively identified in 1998 and returned to his family.

Congratulations to Our New Troop Leaders!

The following young men have assumed new positions, within the Troop:

Drew Vitello – Senior Patrol Leader

Ian Hufford – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Kyler Williams – Quatermaster

Order of the Arrow Representative – Steven Feldewerth

Bugler – Sam Brooks

Historian – Elijah Morton

Librarian – Chris Harden

Congratulations, Scouts! Please lend these Scouts your support, as they assume their new roles in the troop.

Schedule Change for OA Chapter Meeting

The Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting, originally scheduled for November 10, has been rescheduled to November 12. It will be at 6:00 pm, at the Jefferson College Natatorium, located at 1000 Viking Drive, in Hillsboro, Missouri. Following the Chapter Meeting, there will be a free swim. The cost for swimming is only $3.00. Remember to bring your swimming trunks, and towel!

Fall Camp-O-Ree

The Fall Camp-O-Ree Manual has been released, and is attached, here. This looks like it is going to be a GREAT camp-o-ree, and I can’t wait! The cost will only be $20, which includes the program, as well as food. Are you up to the challenge? I know I am! Come out and let’s show the rest of the District what Troop 501 is made of… Let’s show them which troop is the best!!!