BUTLER TWP. — On Saturday, May 27, 2017, members of BSA Troop 307, St. John’s Lutheran Church, placed flags on veteran grave sites at the Dayton Memorial Park and held memorial services at the 446th and 448th Bomb Group markers at the Memorial Park at the Museum of the United States Air Force. This was the first time Troop 307 troop placed flags at the Dayton Memorial Park.
Most of the new markers and flags were supplied by the VFW Post 9582 in Vandalia. The troop placed flags in the Soldier’s Circle and Soldier’s Hill sections of the cemetery. The flag placement was a two-step process. First a memorial marker was placed at the veteran’s head stone and the marker service era (i.e. World War I, World War II, etc.) corresponded with the veteran’s period of service. Once the markers were placed, a flag was added to the top of the markers.
After this task was completed, the troop traveled to the Memorial Park of the Museum of the United States Air Force for memorial services of the 446th and 448th Bomb Groups that served in Europe during the Second World War. A memorial citation was read and a flag and wreath were placed at each of the memorial markers. The troop has regularly honored the 446th Bomb Group for about 10 years and has held additional services at the 448th Bomb Group marker for about three years.