Youth make a difference at Veterans Day service

HANAPEPE — There were only six of them, but they made sure every headstone had an American flag.

“We were a little late this morning,” said Gilbert Cabot, one of the troop leaders from Boy Scout Troop 83.

But, as the audience members arrived, every headstone had American flags fluttering above them, and the six Boy Scouts, resting in the shade of a poinciana tree, were enjoying drinks before changing into their formal uniforms for the service.

“After this, we got permission to spend the rest of the day at the Menehune Fishpond,” Cabot said.

The Boy Scouts returned as the service started, this time dressed in their “Class A” uniforms, and, following the service, turned their attention to taking down the flags and preparing them for storage for the next event at the Hanapepe Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery.

With just six young men to tend to that detail, the boys got help from their leader, parents, and several of the veterans, to make short work of the set up and cleanup detail.

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