Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Brothers Jason, Jared and Justin: Three Eagle Scouts
Saturday night I had the privilege of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for my friend Jared Ibey of Troop 708 in Whittier.  It had been a long time for me since I saw the Presentation of the Colors, sang the Star Spangled Banner, and said the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was a nice, patriotic evening spent honoring a young man of accomplishment.

Jared's very worthy Eagle project involved a huge food drive for a local shelter, and creating hygiene kits for the homeless.

Jared and his beautiful (and justifiably proud) mom
There were lots of people there.  The program included a presentation from the Mayor's office.

The table toppers were beautiful
A lot of work had gone into decorating the cultural hall for the occasion.  Everything looked lovely.

Malan and Jared's Dad laughing at me
Malan Lai delivered a beautiful address as part of the program.  He is Jared's former Scoutmaster.

The refreshment table was laden with treats of all kinds
The program listed 28 merit badges that Jared has earned, and all the awards and honors he has accrued through the last few years.  He is quite an accomplished young man.

The hall was decorated beautifully.  An informative, and lovely, display on the far side of the hall took up several long tables.

I saw lots of folks there that I don't normally see.  It was fun to visit with dear friends.

The Eagle is Boy Scouting's highest achievement.  Since 1911, more than two million young men have earned it.  

An Eagle Scout Presentation Kit
Mother's oval pin, Dad's oval pin, Mentor oval pin, Eagle badge, and Eagle award medal
Three of my four nephews are also Eagle Scouts (the fourth is still too young). I know a lot of effort goes into this award - and not just by the recipient.  It takes dedicated parents and leaders to accomplish this as well. 

 I love the good and honorable things the Boy Scouts stand for.  Congratulations, Jared!

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