Scouts raise funds to replace flag

A group of proud Cub Scouts will enjoy a patriotic moment today when a new flag is raised at the corner of 12th and May streets.

Through an intense fundraising effort, the Webelos Den of Cub Scout Pack No. 798 raised the almost $500 needed to replace the community's symbolic flag which was cut down from its pole in mid-September.

The achievement of the fourth and fifth grade students will be recognized during an official ceremony at 2:30 p.m. that will be attended by citizens, civic leaders, both city and county officials, and possibly representatives from the U.S. National Guard Armory in Hood River.

But no one at the event will be more touched by the moment than 11-year-old Jesse Schull. The young scout spearheaded the effort to replace the large flag that had been featured in the Hood River News as a symbolic tribute to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

"I felt bad and kind of mad at that person who stole it," said Schull.

In fact, that theft upset Schull so much that he personally raised $185 within a two-week period by soliciting contributions door-to-door. Then he decided to enlist the help of his peers and Mitch Hicks, cub master, said that plan dovetailed with some of the requirements to earn the citizen achievement badge.

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