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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mount Vernon


On August 1, 2009 we traveled to Mount Vernon home of George Washington our Country's first President.

We infact were the first to arrive at the gate at a bright and early 7:30 AM.





We arrived that early so that we could participate in a flag raising before the house opened to the public.




Chase Tracy (Glunt) was to be our flag raiser as the other boys formed a semi-circle around the pole and we prepared to raise the colors.



Then it was back outside the gate to await the official openning.

Since almost all of us had tickets already, we headed directly to the mansion to grab a tour of the home before heading over to Washington's grave where we were able to participate in a wreath laying in his tomb.

First our two scouts led all those present in the Pledge of Alliegance



Then they prepared to place the wreath in Washington's tomb.


After that Mr. Marron read Washington's Prayer to all present.

I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have the United states in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for brethren who have served in the field; and finally that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Then we walked down to the Slave's Memorial in dedication to all those slaves who served Washington and were buried on his property in this location.

After that it was off to the farm where everyone present was able to witness Mr. Marron slipping down the hill and falling flat on his bottom.

Too bad no one got that on tape.

We ate lunch and then split up to go our own way and find out what Mount Vernon held in store for us all. What a day, we hope to do it again real soon as ther is so much to see that you need a few days to cover it all.

1 comment:

edibella said...

Thanks so much for visiting! We hope you'll return to Mount Vernon soon. If you don't know about our Scouting Days, please visit our website at http://www.mountvernon.org Every year we welcome scouts in uniform for free, and this year the dates are Nov 1, 2009 - Feb 14, 2010.