The North Coast Veterans Stand Down, which provides veterans and their families access to community services, took place Sept. 11 at Camp Rilea Military Reservation's Warrior Hall. During the summer, event coordinator Gary Barber asked Scoutmaster Nick Lunzman if the Boy Scouts could help out with the event.
Boy Scouts David Hoth, Doug Larkins and Austin and Nolan Millerin from Seaside Troop 642, joined by Matthew Cox from Astoria Troop 211, came to assist at the event, along with Lunzman, Assistant Scoutmaster Lynn Hoth and Committee Member Connie Lunzman from Seaside Troop 642. Two fifth grade Cub Scout Webelos also showed up, Will Kautz from Seaside Pack 540 and Devon Grubaugh from Warrenton Pack 509, accompanied by David Kautz and Cynthia L. Rose.
The scouts, who were given a table to promote their popcorn sale, also helped with the distribution of clothing. Some stayed at Warrior Hall to point veterans and their families toward the warehouse where the clothes were being handed out, and others worked gathering clothing, blankets and other items as requested by the veterans or their families.
At the end of the event, the Boy Scouts and Webelos retired the flags, and those still in attendance were moved by the gesture. "This is the first time in five years we've had someone retire the flags," said Barber. "It brought tears to my eyes, and the eyes of many others. It was a pleasure having the Boy Scouts here, and they have said they will help again next year."