Boy Scout Troop 21 Honors Memorial Day

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 06/05 2014 11:25PM

Updated 06/05 2014 11:28PM

Boy Scout Troop 21, charted by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located on Dundaff Street in Dickson City, recently honored the fallen soldiers of wars past and present by planting American flags on grave markers of each veteran in the St. Mary's Cemetery, located in Dickson City.

Each year, the scouts join forces with the American Legion Post Number 665, Dickson City, remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. The scouts are recognized by the veterans hosting the event with an all American lunch: hot dogs.

First Class Timothy Walsh and Matt Matassa, both of Olyphant, unearthed a grave marker belonging to a World War II Veteran, also a Purple Heart Recipient. Both boys felt proud of their work and their discovery. Matassa and Walsh were both shocked and appalled that they would find a Purple Heart recipient's grave marker buried in the dirt and grown over.  Matassa exclaimed, "It's a shame that any veteran could be forgotten". Walsh added, "Especially with all they do for our country and the appreciation they should each receive from our citizens!".

Understanding citizenship is very important to a Boy Scout. There are three Eagle required merit badges based on citizenship: Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World.

Understanding the importance of honoring the veterans, the scouts and their leaders were solemn in their planting activities.

Boy Scout Troop 21 is celebrating their 85th Anniversary during 2014. The troop was founded in February of 1928 by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester Golinski and Monsignor Stanislaus Szpotanski. There were 14 boys on the original charter. The number grew with each passing year. The Troop has been meeting in the former St. Mary's School from the very first meeting through present day. The only change made was that meetings changed from Friday to Thursday. Originally created to develop youth leadership in the church, the Troop became an essential part of the local boy's adolescent years. Now led by Scoutmaster Enrico Galassi, the troop welcomes all boys ages 11-17, beginning in the fifth grade, to visit the troop and see all that scouting has to offer. Enjoying camping, hiking, boating, first aid, participating in community functions and many other activities, each scout can work on badges and rank at their own pace. The troop spends a week each August at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation. Forming patrols with boys their own age, each boy can feel comfortable achieving their own personal goals. The rank of Eagle is the much aspired goal of many scouts.

(Thank you to  Sheila McDonough for the information)

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