Boy Scout troop in Royal Oak tenting out to honor fallen veterans

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Boy Scouts Troop 1610 at Royal Oak prepares to camp all night near a highly patriotic display of 188 American flags.

“We will line up tents and stand guard over the flags and memorial as an honor guard,” said Colin Bibbs, senior patrol leader.

Each flag is for a Royal Oak resident who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice.

“They have done a lot for our country and given us the right not just to be here, and we feel it necessary to commemorate them in the highest possible way,” Bibbs said.

Bibbs explains that it is called the Field of Honor.

“We put the name tags on all 188 flags that basically explain where all these veterans lived, what war they served in, when they were born, when they died,” he said.

And what better way to celebrate those who died than over Memorial Day weekend.

“Memorial Day isn’t really about granite or parade routes or anything like that,” said Judy Davids, Royal Oak’s community engagement specialist. “It’s about these 188 people.”

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Each flag is unique with names of those who are no longer here. Exactly the same names are already engraved on the Royal Oak War Memorial in the city centre.

“It’s a really cool feeling to know that you’re a part of something and serving the veterans who died serving our country,” Bibbs said.

Tents will remain up all night to protect the flags while the vigil continues until tomorrow morning.

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