Marietta, Ga. -- Saturday morning hundreds of scouts gathered in Marietta in the same way they have for decades-to honor the fallen on Memorial Day weekend. They scattered out over the grounds of the Marietta National Cemetery to place a flag at each of the nearly 18,000 veterans' graves.
"It's important to remember that every name here, they had a family too, they had a life," said Troop 444 Scoutmaster Wayne Marcinko. "And this is a good way to remember those who have sacrificed for us."
Scouts from grade school to high school levels understood that sacrifice in different ways.
"We're honoring the people who made our lives like it is today," said 1st grader David Goldman.
"Take a look up at the top of that hill," said Eagle Scout Allyn Welch of the widest view of the markers. "That's the cost of freedom.
In recent weeks the scouting program made headlines for a vote to include gay members. Those present Saturday said the program had endured for a century before the controversy, and would continue after it.
"I have to believe those who represent us would do the wisest thing for the program moving forward," Marcinko said of this week's vote. "I am committed to scouting, it's been around for 100 years. And in the end, it's all about the youth."