2017 MTC-BSA MEMORIAL DAY FLAG PLACEMENT
The Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America invites and encourages you to take part in a special day of flag placement honoring those who served in our nation’s armed services and are now laid to rest. Many of these heroes gave their lives for our freedom while in active duty. Please join us in placing flags on the graves of soldiers who so sacrificially served. Our veterans, both living and deceased, deserve our utmost respect and thanks for all they do, and have done to make this country what it is today. This is a great way to show that appreciation. Bring your Scout in full uniform and allow him or her to be part of a now almost fifty-year tradition with MTC.
Please find specific cemetery and contact information below. If the cemetery you choose to serve is not listed below, please check with your District Executive to see if those nearer to you will be participating this year. You may also call Kenneth Ray or Tricia Cashon at (615) 383-9724 for more information.
PHOTO ALERT: Television, recording and print media representatives may be on-site at any of the locations. Please have uniforms looking their best! Also, please remember to remind everyone to be on their best, and most respectful, behavior. This is not an outside play activity.
Please pre-register with your UNIT and not individually.
In order to receive a patch, your unit must pre-register on this web-site NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 19TH, 2017.
Pre-registration WILL CLOSE at 11:55 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, 2017, and cannot reopen afterwards.
Those serving at Nashville National, Stones River, Middle Tennessee Veterans, Flags of Remembrance, and Elmwood/Memorial must also check-in on-site with our MTC Cemetery Coordinator to verify your pre-registration patch count and receive your garden assignments.
Please do not randomly proceed to the gardens and begin flag placement without first checking in. Should you do so, you will be taking away the opportunity for the children who are preassigned the work area to place the flags. This is not the Scouting way.
Nashville National Cemetery 7:30 a.m.
Please send one unit representative to check-in on-site next to the THE ROSTRUM (NOT BESIDE THE OFFICE) to confirm your patch count and receive your specific garden assignment. The Rostrum is located in the very back of the cemetery, at the top of the hill, and slightly to your left once you pass under the railroad bridge.
1420 Gallatin Road South
Madison, Tennessee 37115
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Tricia Cashon
(615) 383-9724 or (615) 521-4865
You and your unit are kindly asked to please remain in the Rostrum/Scout Registration Area for and during the Opening Ceremonies/Moment of Remembrance and not to proceed to the gardens until after the close of the ceremonies. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate to our children the importance of our participation in American traditions associated with giving respect to those who have served. We have a very special program planned. Your support of this teaching opportunity is greatly appreciated.
Logistically, the garden work assignments are pre-assigned based upon pre-registration numbers. Please attempt to be as accurate as possible.
Those units who do not pre-register by Friday, May 19th, will need to send their representative to the ‘Not Preregistered’ line for check-in, as opposed to their ‘district designated’ check-in line. Please be aware that the ‘Not Preregistered’ line will be considerably slower-moving, will hold your group back in placing the flags, and may leave each child in your unit with a minimal number of flags to place. Pre-registration with accurate numbers is highly recommended.
Please be considerate of all participants. When units randomly place flags without checking in and/or also not waiting for everyone to reach their garden assigned area, they are taking away the opportunity for the assigned youth to participate in placing the flags. Doing so is not the Scouting way. Let’s be FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, and KIND.
Please also be looking for a leader informational letter which will be sent to your e-mail address shortly after you pre-register.
Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery 10:00 a.m. (Recommended Cub Scouts)
Please first send one unit representative to check-in/register on-site with the BSA Cemetery Coordinator, Joyce Wheaton, to confirm patch count. Joyce will be at the same table as a National Park Service employee who will assign you a section to decorate.
3501 Old Nashville Highway
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Joyce Wheaton
Participants will park near the visitor center and are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 AM. The cemetery encourages participants to carpool. Some participants may have to park along the tour road and walk to the cemetery. Parking in the cemetery will be reserved for participants with accessibility needs. Please display your placard so the ranger at the gate can see it as you approach. No drop-offs will be permitted at the national cemetery entrance.
The cemetery is also planning a special living history program featuring equipment, living history volunteers, and veterans representing the period of history covered by the burials in the national cemetery (Civil War through Vietnam). They would certainly like to see all of the scouts join them for those programs that begin right after the flags go up.
**ADDITIONAL SERVICE REQUESTS/OPPORTUNITIES at SRNB Cemetery**
Please contact Jim Lewis, SRNB Cemetery’s Volunteer Coordinator, for additional information at (615) 893-9501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flags of Remembrance – A Healing Field 8:00 a.m. (Recommended Boy Scouts)
Immediately following the event, please respond to e-mail from BSA Event Coordinatior, Geoffrey Herring, to confirm patch count.
3250 Wilkinson Pike (The Grove at Williamson Place)
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
BSA Event Coordinator: Geoffrey Herring
Once again, under the leadership of ASM Mike Benzy, Troop 538, along with the Knights of Columbus, will be conducting an American flag retirement ceremony at this location beginning at dusk. Please bring your worn flags so they may be properly retired. You may retire the flag yourself if you so choose. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Benzy.
American Flag Retirement Coordinator: ASM Mike Benzy
Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery/Pegram 8:00 a.m.
Please check-in/register on-site with BOTH our MTCBSA Cemetery Coordinator, Anthony Rigby, to confirm patch count AND the cemetery volunteer coordinator, Joe Lindsey or his representative to receive the flags. Their tables will be adjacent to one another. Additionally, Joe Lindsey, Cemetery Director, has requested that units bring a grill and cook hamburgers and hotdogs there on the grounds after flag placement. Each unit is asked to bring enough burgers, dogs, and fixin’s to feed your unit plus a little extra for any guests and cemetery workers. Please call Anthony Rigby to let him know if your unit plans to participate in the cook out.
7931 McCrory Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37221
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Anthony Rigby
Elmwood & Memorial Cemeteries 7:00 a.m.
Please check in with the BSA Cemetery Coordinator on-site at each of the cemeteries to confirm patch count.
All Scouts begin at Elmwood for Opening Ceremonies presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Once the Opening Ceremony is concluded, the Cub Scouts will travel to Memorial Cemetery and the Boy Scouts will remain to work in Elmwood.
1029 Richard Street
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: TBA
4005 Memorial Blvd.
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Jim Spiller
OTHER CEMETERY INFORMATION BY DISTRICT:
(Please check back regularly for updates)
Black Fox - Info forthcoming
Ft. Donelson National Cemetery Time TBA
174 National Cemetery Drive
Dover, TN 37058
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Jennifer Terrell
Greenwood Cemetery 7:00 a.m.
976 Greenwood Avenue
Clarksville, TN 37040
The entrance is just about at the confluence of Greenwood Ave, Edmondson Ferry Road, and Seven Mile Ferry Road.
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Chuck Weber
Resthaven Cemetery 7:00 a.m.
2930 Hwy 41A South (Madison Street)
Clarksville, Tennessee 37043
BSA Cemetery Coordinator: Paul Bennett
David Crockett - Info forthcoming
Duck River - Info forthcoming
BSA Area Cemetery Coordinator
Pleasant View UMC Cemetery Info forthcoming
Everest Cemetery (Pleasant View) Info forthcoming
Union Cemetery (Dickson) Info forthcoming
Upper Cumberland Info forthcoming
If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Ron Turpin