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Scouts honor veterans

Onondaga Lodge No. 36 of the Ohio River Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow, placed 615 flags on May 22 and 23, working 141 service hours to honor veterans of the Ohio Valley for Memorial Day. Members placed flags in cemeteries from the north end to the south end of the council, including Hammondsville Cemetery, Fort Steuben Burial Estates, Upper and Lower Wegee Creek Cemeteries in Shadyside and Craig’s Chapel Cemetery in New Martinsville to name a few. The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, composed of Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout oath and law in their daily lives as elected by their peers. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout oath and the Scout law. Onondaga Lodge is a youth-led organization that harbors fellowship, promotes camping and renders service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Youth leading Onondaga Lodge includes Nick Shust, lodge chief, with the guidance of his adviser, Rob Crow. Though the Order of the Arrow is 105 this year, Onondaga Lodge will be celebrating 75 years. Onondaga Lodge is made up of Scouts and Scouters from Tyler, Wetzel, Monroe, Marshall, Belmont, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Jefferson and Harrison counties that make up the Ohio River Valley Council, BSA. Shust is pictured placing a flag on the grave of Pvt. Andrew J. Heath, 77th Ohio Infantry, Co. E , who fought in the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War. Arrowmen and Scouts at shown at other cemeteries where they placed flags.

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