Local Cub Scout Pack Brings Joy To Veterans
by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dave Overson
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my
country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all
times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally
straight,” said every Scout upon taking their sacred oath.
That sacred oath was visualized as Cub Scout Pack 88 spent time
visiting Veterans at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday morning, November 23, 2019.
A Member of Cub Scout Pack 88 visits with Navy Veteran Steve Patterson at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 23, 2019. Cub Scout Pack 88 spent their Saturday morning making many inpatient Veterans’ day a little brighter. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
photo by Dave Overson)
“I’m really happy to come visit the Veterans because my grandpa
is a Veteran, and his right arm is paralyzed from a helicopter
crash,” said 10-year-old Webelos Devlin Hutson. “So, I like being
able to see people and think they’re here because they have an
injury and I should be honoring them.”
Scout Law: A Scout is
trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,
cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Scout Mission: The
mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to
make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in
them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Pack 88 is
in the southwest section of Albuquerque and is comprised of 17
current members ranging in age from five to 11 and consists of both
boys and girls. It’s a relatively new pack, which just established
itself in 2018, and is striving to help the local community in any
way it can.
“Spending time here with the Veterans means a
lot to me personally,” said Ro Jackson, both the Wolf and Bear den
leader. “I have a WWII Veteran family member who passed away
recently, but we used to spend a lot of time visiting him here in
this hospital. My husband is also an Afghanistan War Veteran, so
giving back and honoring everyone here hits really close to home.”
If joy could be measured monetarily, the Veterans who were
treated with the Pack’s visit may have been considered the
wealthiest of all on this day.
Visibly moved nearly to
tears, Marine Corps and Korean War Veteran Richard Moseley enjoyed
reminiscing of days gone by with the Scouts.
Hymn: “from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli; we
fight our country’s battles on the land as on the sea; first to
fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean; we are
proud to claim the title of United States Marine,” could be heard
throughout the hospital halls as the Scouts and Moseley sang in tune
with one another.
“I was a Scout when I was a kid,” said
Moseley. “That was a really, really long time ago, but what a treat
this is to see these bright faces here in my dark hospital room. It
means a lot.”
A Cub Scout Pack consists of a den of Lions,
the youngest Scouts; a den of Tigers, a Wolf and Bear den
respectively, and the older Webelos.
In attendance was
Scoutmaster Amanda Carrillo, Lion Den leader Margie Chavez, Tiger
Den leader Flo Chavez, Wolf and Bear Den leader Ro Jackson, and
Webelos leader Daniel Hutson.
“We are proud of the Cub Scouts
and leaders in Pack 88 for embodying the core tenets of Scouting,”
wrote a representative from the Boy Scouts of America. “Our Veterans
deserve our utmost gratitude and support, and we are pleased to see
local Scouts helping to do their part to thank these brave men and
women for their incredible service to our country.”
Pack roamed the hospital halls popping their heads into Veterans’
rooms, they left cards, letters, and candy treats for anyone
interested in a few laughs and stories of “how it was, back in the
“Thank you for your service, and I salute you,” added
Webelos Devlin Hutson.
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