Boy Scouts with Troop 737 couldn’t be kept down by a little rain…. They placed 70 flags at the Bear Creek Cemetery on Friday and 199 flags at the Evergreen Memorial Park Saturday morning under the supervision of Scout Chaplain and Den Leader Art Gutierrez.
It’s a Memorial Day tradition started by Ralph Evans.
Evans, a resident of Indian Hills, served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII and was stationed in Italy.
His devotion to his country didn’t end when his official service ended. He continued to represent the military in parades in both Evergreen and Indian Hills and was active with both the American Legion Post 2001 where he served as Chaplain from the inception of the post until his death in 2012, and the Conifer VFW.
On Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day Ralph could be found handing out poppies.
He co-founded Boy Scout Troop 737 for the Evergreen area and was its first Scoutmaster. He started the tradition of working with Scouts to put flags on the graves of veterans in the two Evergreen cemeteries on both Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.
Evans was an active member of the Elks Lodge #2363 in Evergreen.
Evans was a member of Evergreen Lutheran Church where he held elected positions and taught adult Sunday School. His career with Gates Rubber involved the manufacture of vulcanized fan belts and later product development. He was the father of six children.
Those who participated….
Guiterrez wished to acknowledge the following participants for their help. Those who braved the elements at Bear Creek Cemetery on Friday eventing: Jennifer Warnken and her grandson Steve from Pack 50, Andrew Adamowski and his family from Pack 50, Becky, Cody, and Zach Barnes from Pack 400 and Troop 737, Christy Pond and her family from Pack 400 and Troop 737, along with Diane, Johnny, and Eddie Okunewick from Pack 507 for braving the elements and offering their time and service in the flag placement this afternoon at the Bear Creek cemetery.
Those who helped under sunnier skies on Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park: Seth Barber and his parent from Troop 737; Will Hislop and his parent from Pack 39; Nate Larson and his Dad, Dave, from Pack 39; The Kitchner's, Lloyd, Eli, Marshal, and Karen, all from Pack 39; Hayden Brown and his Dad, Ramon, from Troop 737; Aden Pasman and his Dad, and Sister from Troop 888; and last but not least, Austin Baker, along with his Mom, Amy, and Sister, Maria, from Pack 50.
Scouts will retrace their steps to collect the flags in a timely fashion and store them for reuse next year.