Cub Scout Pack 382, based in Wheaton-Glen Ellyn, raised the American flag to honor a World War II veteran.
The flag-raising Thursday afternoon honored Tom Rettenbacher, a WWII combat medic with the 10th Armored Division of Patton’s 3rd Army. He served from 1943-1946, including combat time in Germany during 1945.
This is the third consecutive year that Pack 382 performed a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Briar Glen student body to honor a United States war veteran and reflect on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. In previous years, the scouts have recognized another WWII veteran and a Korean War veteran, according to a press release from Three Fires Council of the Boys Scouts of America.
“It is an incredible honor to have a WWII veteran with us during this year’s flag ceremony,” said Joe Ursitti, Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 382. “It is important to not take our freedom for granted and Mr. Rettenbacher will provide a historical perspective of what it means to fight for our freedom.”
Pack 382 serves students from Briar Glen Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, St. James Catholic School, and other area schools.