New Ways to Make a Memorial Day Tribute

by | May 19, 2020 | News | 0 comments

Though the Department of Veteran’s Affairs had to cancel our annual tribute to honor veterans at Willamette National Cemetery due to the COVID-19 outbreak, sheltering-in-place and the need for social distancing, the Boy Scouts of America is asking Scouts across America to join together in the activities below to honor our fallen heroes. (Please note that families of fallen heroes are still allowed to visit the cemeteries. Visit the website of your local cemetery or memorial for the latest information.)

Take special note that at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, we’d like every Scout in the CPC to salute the American flag from their driveway, sidewalk, or home in Scouting uniform and say the name of a fallen hero to honor them for their service.

At 3:01 p.m. local time, all Scouts who play the bugle or horn are invited to play “Taps” from their homes in unison with others throughout their community. 

Please text your pictures or video with your Scout’s name, district and unit number to (971)337-5922 or tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share how CPC Scouts are honoring our veterans.

1. Write a Tribute for a Fallen Hero

Post at least one tribute message for a fallen hero within the Veterans Legacy Memorial– a digital memorial that houses a profile for each veteran interred at a national cemetery.

Please consider leaving a tribute for one of the fallen heroes who has passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic – at a time when customary services and funeral honors cannot safely be performed. The names of those service members are listed on the VA’s Roll of Honor webpage and then copied and pasted into the search bar within the Veterans Legacy Memorial.

All tributes are reviewed by the VA before being posted so there may be a delay before your message appears on the page. 


2. Encourage Others to Write Tributes

Use the social-sharing feature at the top of the Veterans Legacy Memorial pages to tell your family, friends and neighbors about the fallen hero you selected and ask them to write their own tribute. 

Include #ScoutSalute #NoVeteranEverDies in your post.


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3. Customize a Memorial Poster to Hang in Your Window

Fill in the name of the fallen hero you selected and place the Memorial Poster in a window in your home for all to see. 

The template will be available to download on Wednesday, May 20th. 


4. Join our Collective Scout Salute during the National Moment of Remembrance

At 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, every Scout should salute the American flag from their driveway, sidewalk, or home in Scouting uniform and say the name of a fallen hero to honor them for their service.  

At 3:01 p.m. local time, all Scouts who play the bugle or horn are invited to play “Taps” from their homes in unison with others throughout their community. 


5. Share Photos of Your Memorial Poster and Scout Salute

Share your photos on social media now through Memorial Day using #ScoutSalute #NoVeteranEverDies.


Please text your pictures or video with your Scout’s name, district and unit number to (971)337-5922 or tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share how CPC Scouts are honoring our veterans.