Category Archives: Soldiers

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, a United States federal holiday for remembering the brave men and women who died while serving our country, is observed each year on the last Monday of May. This year it is today, May 25, 2015. People around the nation visit cemeteries and memorials and place American flags on graves to honor those who have died in military service.

Girl Scouts from Sumter County, Ga. place flags on graves in Andersonville National Cemetery

1976: Girl Scouts from Sumter County, Ga. place flags on graves in Andersonville National Cemetery

Girl Scouts have always been involved in volunteerism on and around Memorial Day. In the above picture from 1976, flags are placed on graves by Girl Scouts in Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia. As well as placing flags, there are so many things you and your troop can do to celebrate and honor Memorial Day! Learn the history of Memorial Day (did you know that it was originally called Decoration Day?), or make a wreath for your troop to place at a local war memorial. Also, make sure to participate in your community’s Memorial Day parade, waving your flags high and proudly wearing your Girl Scout uniform!

Girl Scout float, Randolph County, Ga. parade: 1958

Girl Scout float, Randolph County, Ga. parade: 1958

Whatever you do on this unofficial start of summer, don’t forget to honor the men and women who died serving our country. And don’t forget that important part of the Girl Scout Promise:

“On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

Saluting our Veterans

Happy Veterans Day to one and all! Girl Scouts naturally include the military in many service projects. During World War I, girls learned about food production and conservation, sold war bonds, worked in hospitals, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters. You can learn more about other historical service projects on the Girl Scouts of the USA historical timeline:  http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/timeline/

The most popular service project is when Girl Scout cookies are sent to troops serving overseas. However, that is not the only time when we try to make sure the troops know we care about them and are thankful for their service. At this time of year, Girl Scout troops are working hard to send cards and gift items overseas in time for the holidays. The girls either make their own cards and messages, or write letters to enclose in holiday cards. Families of the scouts have also included non-perishable treats or small presents to be sent overseas as well.

We would love to collect more photographs of Girl Scout troops making cards for soldiers or other service projects helping the soldiers. If you have one (or more!) of your troop, please contact Margaret Paschal at helpline@gsgatl.org with your pictures and story.