The waking bridge over the Hudson, FDR's home, and
the USS Slater in Albany
Memorial Day, May 27-28, 2012
Josiah & Sam A., Owen B., Shaun D., Hunter G., Ethan
K., Evan M., Sam N., Oliver P., James S., Isaias S., Scott T. (and a
whole slew of adult leaders and family members)
While the photos came from several sources, the bulk
of the preparation of this page was done by Oliver P. He wrote
the text, and prep'd all the images.
Troop 14's first successful Memorial Day trip in
the last few years was a memorable one. It was sunny and hot with
highs near 90. There were 14 scouts who attended the trip to the
U.S.S. Slater along with many parents and family members. On our way
to the warship we stopped at the walkway over the Hudson and FDR's
childhood home and grave.
When we finally arrived at the U.S.S. Slater, we put our stuff
away and some scouts took down the American flag. After that we got
a tour of the ship where some scouts had some fun playing with large
cannons and machine guns. At the end of the tour the scouts had
dinner before being told they could go almost anywhere on the ship
when they continued to play with the guns.
We were called in to watch a movie about the U.S.S.
Slater before going to bed. The beds were hammocks with mattresses
on them, hung up with chains holding three hammock's one over the
In the morning there was a Memorial Day
celebration with some of our scouts having the job of raising the
flag before the finger numbing task of holding the scout sign though
out the several Memorial Day speeches.
People who lost loved ones at war shared their
thoughts of the solemn meaning of Memorial Day.
After the speeches one of the cannons was fired three times
followed by the playing of taps. Soon after, the scouts left for
home. During the trip we learned a lot about Memorial Day and how
solemn a day it really is and it was a good experience for everyone