Scouts honor soldiers’ memories

first_img“I feel sad,” he said. “But I am happy they are with God.” Oscar Miranda, 80, of Whittier, asked Begg if he could have two flags for the graves of his brothers. The Navy veteran was at the cemetery to visit his wife’s grave, but saw what the Santamaria-Konos were doing and wanted flags for the graves of two brothers, who had served in World War II, and were buried nearby. “I don’t want anyone to forget them, and I don’t want anyone to forget me,” he said. “It brings me to tears that they are gone.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The parents of the young Scouts, Alvaro and Suzanne Santamaria-Kono, also placed flags on graves. Their youngest child, Patrice, 2, wore Begg’s floppy Scout leader hat and ran around the cemetery trying to keep up with the others. “It is really important to respect our veterans and for us to show our kids that you need to do a little service and give back a little,” Suzanne Santamaria-Kono said. “We get so involved in our own lives that we don’t come out for the little things.” The 500 flags were donated by the cemetery. The elder Alvaro Santamaria-Kono pounded a tiny stake into the ground to make a hole for the flags and the kids placed the flags in the dirt. The La Puente family hoped to have the job done within two hours and then attend a neighbor’s birthday party. Steven Santamaria-Kono said he was grateful to the veterans. ROWLAND HEIGHTS – What started off Sunday as a Scouting project turned into a family affair. It wasn’t meant to be that way. But when some of the volunteers that Scoutmaster Nancy Begg was expecting from Boy Scout Troop 791 failed to show up to help put flags on graves at Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mortuary in Rowland Heights, Begg went ahead with the handful that did: the Santamaria-Kono family. The Santamaria-Konos have three children in Scouts: Tasha, 7, is a Brownie, and Steven, 9, and Alvaro, 10 are in Cub Scout Pack 791 in La Puente. They had also been invited by Begg to help place flags at various gravesites. “I want the Scouts to learn the meaning of Memorial Day,” said Begg, 56, whose father served in World War II. last_img

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