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Scouts place flags at National Cemetery

November 25, 2009

Several years ago, the descendants of the men who were members of the Irish Brigade from New York and Massachusetts and fought at Antietam during the Civil War asked the Boys Scouts to place flags on the graves at the National Cemetery in Sharpsburg. Troop 14 has taken on this project.

On Sept. 12, members of Troop 14 placed U.S. flags on the graves of 30 Irish Brigade soldiers at the National Cemetery.

The Scouts visited other grave sites in the cemetery and learned of the history of the battle and the significance of remembering fallen soldiers.

Troop 14 is sponsored by the Smithsburg Lions Club.

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