Alexandria Cub Scouts do their part by helping to clean Veterans Memorial Park
Washing the granite helped them reach their community service requirement.
Community service is a requirement for each Cub Scout den and for Pack 416 from First Lutheran Church, washing the granite at the Veterans Memorial Park was just the ticket.
On Tuesday, April 27, Cub Scouts, along with some family members, spent time wiping down the granite tablets, benches and other pieces in the park.
Russ Oorlog, a Vietnam veteran and the chairman of the Veterans Memorial Park , spoke to the group prior to them cleaning, explaining the details of the park and how it is a sacred place for veterans.
Cub leader Alan Iverson asked if any of the scouts knew anyone whose name was listed in the park and several raised their hands. Some had a grandfather, while one said his uncle was listed and another scout said his dad was listed on one of the granite tablets.
Iverson said the plan to have the Cub Scouts take part in the cleaning efforts came after speaking with Oorlog, who told him the cleaning was going to take place. Iverson said it was a perfect fit for the Cub Scouts, especially being such a beautiful park and it coming out of its first winter.
“What a great way for our youth to come together with our veterans and give back, and also honor our veterans,” he said. “It was a big win-win for each of our groups.”