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Former scout honored

May 28, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Flags were placed on the graves of former Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout leaders at Green Hill Cemetery Thursday, a ritual that has been conducted every year since 1929.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, adult leaders, relatives and friends placed flowers on the grave of Lloyd Miller, a Waynesboro resident who died last year at age 75. He was well known for his lifelong interest in Scouting, from Cub master to Scoutmaster to adult leader and at one time chairman of the Tuscarora District of the Mason-Dixon Boy Scout Council.

Each year, the grave of a former Scouter is chosen for the honor.

The memorial service has been sponsored through the years by the Tuscarora District, which includes Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs from the Waynesboro and Mercersburg, Pa., areas, said Darlene Smith, 70, who with her husband, Harold, are among organizers of the annual Memorial Day weekend event.

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Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 88, sponsored by Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, hosted the event.

The Rev. John Mullen, 63, of Waynesboro, a retired minister and an Eagle Scout since 1957, was the guest speaker.

More than 50 people attended the ceremony.

Miller's widow, Elaine Miller of Waynesboro, to whom he was married for 54 years, attended the ceremony, as did her daughter, Judy Wright of Inwood, W.Va.

Elaine Miller said she helped her husband with his Scouting duties and spent a lot of time at the Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Fulton County, Pa., often helping in the camp kitchen.

"My father was very dedicated to the Boy Scouts," Wright said.

Smith said Tuscarora District members make about 55 flags each year to place on the graves of former Scouts and Scout leaders in Green Hill and other area cemeteries.

This year's flags, featuring a dark blue field with gold letters and Boy Scout emblem, say simply, "In Memoriam 1929-2004."

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