Troop 868 in Action

FLAG CEREMONY (August 2009)
Dedication of a new flag pole at Zappos.com

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Zappos.com shipped more than $1 billion of product last year from their warehouses in Shepherdsville and the company is among the community's major employers.  It's also regarded as an outstanding "corporate citizen" and a great place to work.  So when the company decided to erect a flag pole to display the good ol' Star Spangled Banner in front of their newest warehouse, Troop 868 was honored to be invited to participate in the dedication ceremony and raise the American Flag up the new pole for the very first time.  Naturally, we invited the Cub Scouts from Pack 868 to come along.

Being held mid-morning on a Monday, many parents were working and unable to bring their sons, so our turnout, though more than adequate, was only a fraction of the scouts from both units.  Following the ceremony, Zappos treated all the scouts and leaders to lunch in the company dining room then led everyone on a tour of the massive new warehouse.

(L to R) Boy Scout Scott, Webelos Scout Adam, Boy Scout Preston, Cub Scouts Matt and Calvin, Troop 868 Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Canchola, Pack 868 Den Leader Melanie Douglas, and Troop 868 Scoutmaster Bob Meek. A color guard detail consisting of Falcon Patrol Leader Dylan, Cobra Patrol Leader Chris, and scouts Spencer and Drew stood ready.
The industrial flag pole had some anti-theft features that made it operate a bit differently than the camp flag poles with which the boys were most familiar; so they had examined the mechanism in advance and each scout had a specific job to perform.  Getting the larger than usual flag properly secured was a bit of a challenge, but the scouts handled the task like pros and the ceremony proceeded smoothly.
As Drew (hidden by Dylan) hoisted the flag, the assembled scouts and leaders all saluted.