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by USMC Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns - December 11, 2012

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MIRAMAR, Calif. (11/12/2012) - The somber sound of evening colors plays while Cub Scouts with Wolf Scout Den 3, Pack 625 Poway, Calif., salute the American flag as it makes its decent for the night.

Cub Scouts and den leadership with Wolf Scout Den 3, Pack 625, Poway, Calif., salute the American flag during evening colors ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012. When saluting, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages stand still and raise their first two fingers to the bill of their hats or edge of the forehead as a sign of respect. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns
Cub Scouts and den leadership with Wolf Scout Den 3, Pack 625, Poway, Calif., salute the American flag during evening colors ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012. When saluting, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages stand still and raise their first two fingers to the bill of their hats or edge of the forehead as a sign of respect. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns

The pack attended classes at the station headquarters building, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where they learned what it means to pay homage to the flag, before witnessing an official military evening colors ceremony.

“This month's core value is citizenship. What better place to learn this value than on a Marine [air station]” said Preston Betts, the cub master. “We've been learning how to respect the flag, how to retire it, fold it, how to salute it properly and properly perform flag ceremonies at our pack meetings.”

Each scout member learned proper etiquette concerning the flag, to help further their knowledge of what the flag is used for and why it is honored.

“[The scouts] were so excited to be able to come somewhere not many other people are able to come,” said Madeleine Wilkinson, a scout mother and a Johannesburg, South Africa, native. “I just became a citizen a month ago, so my son and I have been learning about civics and have learned so much about the flag. We've learned the history of the country and the flag and this just brings it all together.”

Once taps began, the Cub Scouts snapped to attention and saluted with their first two fingers touching their hats, as all Cubs are taught.

“I like how [the Marines] stand so still, it's to show respect,” said James Wilkinson, 9, a Cub Scout with Pack 625. “I feel like I learned a lot, and I got to see a lot of cool planes and helicopters.”

Cub scouts must perform different tasks and activities before they can attain the rank of Wolf Scout. After witnessing this color ceremony, they are one step closer to becoming wolves.

“From a personal stand point, I think there are very close ties between the military services and the Cub Scouts,” said Betts. “It's great for [the Cubs] to see what it's like to be on base and to see positive role models, especially the Marines. One of the important things about Marines is that they're always clean, very respectful and hold themselves very tall. I always tell these guys that when we stand at attention and salute, we need to stand tall, straight and stand strong, just like the Marines.”

By USMC Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2012

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