In observance of Veterans Day, the Cub Scouts Pack 194 and Boy Scouts Troop 194, both from Pleasanton, along with the members of Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance, honored veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10. They placed over 450 flags on their graves at the Pleasanton City Cemetery, San Ysidro Cemetery and Saint Andrews Cemetery #1 and #2, St. Luke’s Loire Cemetery, St. Joseph Las Gallinas Cemetery.
The flags were provided by the Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance as part of their “Make a Difference Day” where they join with other local groups to do a joint community service project. This is the eleventh annual joint venture for the three groups.
The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts participate in community service projects throughout the year as part of their “Good Turn for America” efforts. Annually, Catholic Life Insurance donates to Project Graduation, CAM, and Catholic religious education programs in Atascosa County. Additionally, flags are donated to a local school, and monetary donations are made to area fire departments.
Julie Novak a member of Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance and a staff member of Fort Sam Houston ISD told the group about a veteran’s ceremony that took place at Cole High School on Friday, November 8th in San Antonio. Lieutenant Col. Robert G. Cole led a battalion that parachuted into Normandy France during the D-Day operations, and was killed in action. His wife and children accepted his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart awards in 1944, but passed away years later and the Purple Heart was lost. Lisa Ludgen found Cole’s Purple Heart at a Gun Show in Long Island, New York. She tracked down the school’s alumni association, got in touch with the school to donate it, and now, 75 years later, it’s come home to the High School named in Cole’s honor. The groups extend their sincere thanks to Mr. Thurman Mitchell and the Pleasanton City Cemetery Association for their approval for the placement of the flags and thanks to Shelly Lingo and Wes Newkirk for assisting with taking photos. Article and photos courtesy of Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster.