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Scout/Scouter Memorial Service
June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Scout/Scouter Memorial Service is held each year to honor the memory of Ronald E. Walker and to recognize all
recently departed members of the Heart of New England Council Scouting community.
All units from the Heart of New England Council are invited to attend with a color guard.
Please contact the Council Service Centers by May 17, 2019 with the names of the Scouts and Scouters who have
passed away since last year’s Memorial Service that you would like to be memorialized.
Arrive by 5:45pm
Ceremony begins at 6:00pm
Cracker Barrel to follow
This year marks the forty-ninth anniversary of the dedication of the Ronald E. Walker Scouting Memorial and Walker Memorial Garden by Norman Walker to honor the memory of his son. As a boy, Ron had been active in Troop 128, chartered to St. Joseph’s Church in North Brookfield.
Because both father and son shared a love for Scouting and because Scouting had brought them so close to one another, the idea for “Living Memorial to Scouting” was born. With Mr. Walker providing the design and supervision, construction started in late 1969. The Garden was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 25, 1970. The Heart of New England Council of the Boy Scouts of America gathers on the Saturday after Memorial Day each year to honor the departed members of the Scouting community.
The life-sized statue of the Boy Scout was carved in Vermont. It represents all members of the Scouting movement – past, present and future.
Through the generosity of Mr. Walker, perpetual maintenance of the Memorial Garden is assured.