Cub Scout Pack 142 Middletown Village Elementary School honors area veterans. Shown from left: Wolf Scout Zachary Veniskey and Webelos Scout Jimmy De Rugeriis. Photo credit: Cynthia Veniskey.

Middletown, NJ – On a recent early Saturday morning this May, Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 142, Middletown Village Elementary School, Middletown, joined members of the VFW 2179 and American Legion Post 515 at Fairview Cemetery in placing American flags at the graves of fallen servicemen and servicewomen in preparation for Memorial Day.  “With the hectic schedules of families these days, we believe it’s more important than ever to give young citizens time to reflect on the sacrifices others have made for our country,” stated Amy DeSanctis, Cub Master of Pack 142.  “Boys tell their den leaders these are the type of activities that make them the most proud. It’s our responsibility in Scouting to provide these opportunities.”

“It feels respectful to honor our country this way,” said Thomas Antonucci, age 9, in his third year of Cub Scouts, who participated in his event along with his fellow Scouts ranging in age 7 to 12.  Another Cub Scout in his first year of Scouting, Joseph DeMarco, age 7, said, “I’m putting flags to support people who died in the military.”  Perhaps Jimmy De Rugeriis, age 10, in his fourth year of Cub Scouts, said it best when talking about his experience, “I feel good because I am honoring the veterans who served our country.”

Cub Scouts from Pack 142 has provided opportunities for citizenship and community service for 58 years. Community service activities throughout the year include their annual Scouting for Food drive in November, weeding the elementary school’s grounds, and volunteering at Beacon of Hope during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  Pack 142 is chartered by the school’s Parent Faculty Association.

Cub Scout Pack 142, which holds meetings at Middletown Village Elementary School, located on Kings Highway, is currently recruiting new members and is open to boys ages 7 and up.  Interested parents can visit www.BeAScout.org for details.