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Tecumseh Council Scout Surge 9.11 patriotism shines

Tecumseh Council Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts all participated in numerous community ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

At Camp Birch, the Order of the Arrow and several Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts conducted a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. which was the time of the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Members of Tarhe Lodge lowered the Camp Birch flag to half-staff remembering this Patriot Day. The ceremony was topped with a special fly-over by local military aircraft

Later in Urbana, nearly 5,000 community members gathered for the unveiling of a memorial which is created from a beam of the fallen World Trade Center. The memorial in Freedom Grove Park was dedicated to remember Champaign County native Alicia Titus, who was a flight attendant on Flight 175, the airplane flown into the South Tower 10 years ago.

More than 300 Scouts from Champaign, Clark and Logan Counties participated in the opening ceremony. Scouts lined the drive waving American Flags as well as unit flags as the community arrived. Then to begin the ceremony, Ben Free of Troop 311 was asked to ring the bi-centennial bell. The group gathered together for the ceremony and showed their community support.

Urbana leader Bob Meyer, who lead the organization of the Scout participation said, “It does a heart good to see the Scouts show up in such good numbers and support the community.”

To see a video slideshow of the ceremony, CLICK HEREExternal Link to visit the Springfield News-Sun website!


In Bellefontaine, first responders and public servants from across Logan County were recognized during a Sept. 11 ceremony. Boy Scouts from Logan County presented the colors to open the ceremony.

Earlier this month, several Troops and Packs in Logan County joined with the local AmVets Post 39 in Lakeview to retire several American Flags, which Scouts had helped gather from the community.

If you have a Sept. 11 community support story or a Scout Surge 9.11 story to share, please e-mail it with details to Jim Mason at [Click for member's page] for inclusion. A photo is also welcome to be submitted.

To learn more, visit www.scoutsurge911.orgExternal Link as well as information on the limited edition event patch.


 Photos by: Steve Molton; DG Adams; Troop 311; Troop 258; Bob Hemmerly; Jim Mason; Rick Pitts; and News-Sun.

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