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Cub Scout crawls grave to grave, honoring the dead
The Tennessean ^ | 05/25/03 | By HOLLY EDWARDS

Posted on 05/26/2003 9:56:42 AM PDT by dewee

Edited on 05/07/2004 9:20:23 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Pivoting his body with his right arm and holding a neon-green ruler in his left hand, James Milam, 10, crawled from grave to grave at Nashville National Cemetery yesterday morning, carefully placing an American flag exactly one foot from each gravestone.

The energetic fourth-grader took the task seriously.


(Excerpt) Read more at tennessean.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: boy; boyscout; boyscoutsofamerica; bsa; bsalist; cubscout; flag; gravesite; handicapped; memorialday; nashville; oldglory; patriot; scout; scouts; tn; tombstones; wheelchair
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I hope I'm doing this right
1 posted on 05/26/2003 9:56:42 AM PDT by dewee
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To: dewee; SAMWolf
dewee - Perfect. Thank you and welcome to FreeRepublic.

SAMWolf, bring tissues.
2 posted on 05/26/2003 9:59:40 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: dewee

3 posted on 05/26/2003 10:00:20 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: dewee
You couldn't have done it any better.

Thank you for posting such a heart-warming story.

4 posted on 05/26/2003 10:00:53 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Never have so many, been so wrong, about so much.)
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To: dewee
Beautiful story, thank you for posting it.
5 posted on 05/26/2003 10:02:37 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: dewee; radu; snippy_about_it; LaDivaLoca; TEXOKIE; cherry_bomb88; Bethbg79; Do the Dew; Pippin; ...
You did perfect. This kid puts 90% of Hollywood and Politicians to shame
6 posted on 05/26/2003 10:03:32 AM PDT by SAMWolf ("They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind" - Hugh Robert Orr - They Softly Walk)
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To: dewee; MarMema; knighthawk; Travis McGee; katnip
Thank you for posting this wonderful story!!

I loved the whole article especially this part:

"The sociable youngster is popular among his classmates and fellow Scouts.

'The boys constantly fight over who's going to be with James,' den leader Patti Neary said.

'He is all personality.'

After spending several hours placing dozens of flags at gravestones, James admits to being tired, especially his right arm, as his father pushes him back to the car in his wheelchair. Next on the agenda is a car wash to raise money for a youth summer camp sponsored by his church, Halltown General Baptist.

'I could disable him if I smothered him, but I want him to do everything he can do and be independent,'' Cindi Milam said. ''From the night he was born, I felt God had a higher calling for him. We're blessed to have such a happy child.'

I think the Lord has poured his blessings on this wonderful family and child.

May God continue to bless them and keep them safe. The angels smile upon this little boy and God shows his miracles through such children as this.

7 posted on 05/26/2003 10:08:33 AM PDT by crazykatz
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To: MeeknMing; LindaSOG; Kathy in Alaska; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Must see this.
8 posted on 05/26/2003 10:15:48 AM PDT by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings, facing the storm that is gathering near)
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To: crazykatz; dewee
Thanks for the ping and article.

This is so moving. Give you a new hope for future generations.
9 posted on 05/26/2003 10:17:15 AM PDT by knighthawk (For a better tomorrow)
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To: Terriergal; weikel; katnip; PsyOp; sleavelessinseattle; AmericanCheeseFood; dighton; SJackson; ...
Nothing to Freep, but come look at this!
10 posted on 05/26/2003 10:17:48 AM PDT by knighthawk (For a better tomorrow)
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To: SAMWolf
He puts most of us to shame! What a wonderful kid!
11 posted on 05/26/2003 10:18:32 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: snippy_about_it; dewee
dewee - Perfect. Thank you and welcome to FreeRepublic

Ditto from Mid Missouri Patriots

12 posted on 05/26/2003 10:41:13 AM PDT by zip
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To: dewee
Without even mentioning abortion, this is a most powerful argument against it.

How many doctors would counsel prospective parents to get rid of such a "burden on society"?

13 posted on 05/26/2003 10:47:13 AM PDT by ZOOKER
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To: dewee
Though he dreams of being a pilot, his parents said, he has settled on becoming an air traffic controller instead. ''He knew he couldn't fly a plane, but he said he can help it land,'' said his father, Jim Milam, whose father founded Milam's Optical Service. ''He has absolutely no self-pity. If he can't do something, he figures a way around it.''

Absolutely not! Paraplegics can fly and get their pilot's license with hand controls installed in the airplane. There are several schools and instructors in the US who specialize in this.

AOPA: take note!

14 posted on 05/26/2003 10:58:48 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: dewee
Oh dear, that brought tears to the eyes. What a wonderful child.
15 posted on 05/26/2003 11:10:47 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks for the ping, SAMWolf! What do you think of posting a link to it for us on the troop prayer thread? I think it is really beautiful and very appropriate! Thanks again!
16 posted on 05/26/2003 11:15:43 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: knighthawk; SAMWolf; dewee; yall
Thanks, folks !!


17 posted on 05/26/2003 11:16:15 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: dewee
Out of all of the gay activists that have waged a campaign of hurting kids in the hopes that the adult leaders of the Boys Scouts will cave in, I'd bet that not one able bodied gay activist has every put a flag on a veteran's grave.

It's too unselfish an act for those kind of people.

God bless this kid.

18 posted on 05/26/2003 12:01:40 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: dewee
You did just fine.

There are many different stories posted on this site... some make me laugh, others make me think or get angry. But most of all I appreciate the stories like this that bring tears to my eyes.
19 posted on 05/26/2003 12:02:30 PM PDT by ken in texas
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To: SAMWolf; dewee
Sam, thanks for the ping...

dewee, that is the sweetest story I've seen this Memorial Day. Sam's right, this kid has put all of hollyweird to shame.

20 posted on 05/26/2003 12:06:27 PM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (I'm normal....it's the rest of the world that's crazy!)
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To: dewee
I hope I'm doing this right

Ya dun good.
Except for failing to post a "get tissues and don't let tears get into the keyboard" alert.

That even goes for the old curmuddgeons such as myself.

This sort of story reminds some of us about what ingrates we are...despite all the
blessing we have.
21 posted on 05/26/2003 12:09:11 PM PDT by VOA
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To: dewee
Tomorrow, he will join two U.S. Marines in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery.

I'm sure those Marines have a heart and will be looking up at one small boy in a wheelchair today.

22 posted on 05/26/2003 12:11:49 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: crazykatz
Nice
23 posted on 05/26/2003 12:14:46 PM PDT by Lucas1
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To: Doctor Raoul
I take your wager up...and bet you double that there are plenty of Gay Servicemen that have laid their lives down over the years.

You obviously are clueless...

Why try to hijack this thread with comments and hate like that?

Sad...really sad
24 posted on 05/26/2003 12:16:22 PM PDT by Lucas1
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To: dewee
Isn't America great?
25 posted on 05/26/2003 12:57:37 PM PDT by freekitty (W)
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To: dewee; knighthawk
Great post; great catch.
26 posted on 05/26/2003 1:32:36 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SAMWolf; dewee

27 posted on 05/26/2003 2:36:34 PM PDT by kneezles
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To: snippy_about_it

28 posted on 05/26/2003 2:37:52 PM PDT by kneezles
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To: Lucas1
So Lucas1, do you deny that the radical gay agenda is to hurt the children (deny the Boy Scouts funding), in order to get their adult leaders to comply?

Tell us that the radical gays had no other opyion?

If they are as unselfish as you claim in your FReep Mail, wouldn't they say, "I'll have no part of hurting children, I'll pass on this one."

29 posted on 05/26/2003 3:23:08 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: Lucas1
I take your wager up...and bet you double that there are plenty of Gay Servicemen that have laid their lives down over the years.

Lucas1, the bet is "what gay activist put flags on vet's graves".

I'm sure that anyone gay or straight that is unselfish enough to serve wouldn't go along with the radical gay blackmail strategy to hurt children until the adults comply.

30 posted on 05/26/2003 3:26:56 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: SAMWolf; knighthawk
A great example of courage and patriotism at such a tender age. May God bless him and guide him.

31 posted on 05/26/2003 6:29:02 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Makes you believe there's still hope for our Country.
32 posted on 05/26/2003 7:10:13 PM PDT by SAMWolf ("They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind" - Hugh Robert Orr - They Softly Walk)
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To: kneezles
Hey Kneezles Great story isn't it. And yet the Scouts are under attack by this society.
33 posted on 05/26/2003 7:11:16 PM PDT by SAMWolf ("They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind" - Hugh Robert Orr - They Softly Walk)
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To: SAMWolf
I spent the afternoon putting talk radio hosts and other media in the fax queue.

Probably a $75 hit to the phone bill, but it's worth the chance at getting this story out.

34 posted on 05/26/2003 7:25:38 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: dewee
This Patriot is a true inspiration.
35 posted on 05/26/2003 7:32:33 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: SAMWolf
Scouts are under attack because they stand for everything leftists despise.

Everything

36 posted on 05/26/2003 7:34:28 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: dewee
beautiful - an inspiration to the older scouts who sometimes forget what's it's about!!!
37 posted on 05/26/2003 7:35:09 PM PDT by conservcalgal
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To: Doctor Raoul
Good job. I sure hope it gets picked up. You know the mainstream media won't put it out.
38 posted on 05/26/2003 7:42:16 PM PDT by SAMWolf ("They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind" - Hugh Robert Orr - They Softly Walk)
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To: cpforlife.org; ZOOKER
Without even mentioning abortion, this is a most powerful argument against it.

Hey cpforlife.org, think this is worth a pro-life bump? Thousands or even millions of children like this have been murdered in the womb before ever being given the chance to give anything back to society. This child's example represents everything the pro-life movement is fighting for. God bless this child and God save our country.

39 posted on 05/26/2003 7:48:08 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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Patriot Bump
40 posted on 05/26/2003 8:00:56 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; Remedy; nickcarraway; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; ...

Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

41 posted on 05/26/2003 8:26:35 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
"God bless this child and God save our country."

Amen!
42 posted on 05/26/2003 8:27:35 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: dewee; cpforlife.org
Beautiful!
43 posted on 05/26/2003 9:02:05 PM PDT by Flora McDonald (BRING AMERICA BACK TO LIFE)
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To: cpforlife.org; nuzman; *bsa_list; Clint N. Suhks
Thanks...

Great Story!!

Already posted here...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-vetscor/917856/posts

44 posted on 05/26/2003 9:32:59 PM PDT by Coleus (God is Pro Life and Straight)
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To: Coleus
Duty to God and Country is a beautiful thing.
45 posted on 05/26/2003 10:04:22 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: cpforlife.org
Wow! Impressive.
46 posted on 05/26/2003 11:28:10 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: SAMWolf; dewee
Thanks for the heads up on this one, SAM!

And thanks for posting this moving article, dewee. I brought a big box of Kleenex along for anyone else who may need to wipe off their watery-looking screen or dry their keyboard. I certainly needed to use a couple.

47 posted on 05/26/2003 11:54:12 PM PDT by radu (May God watch over our Troops and keep them safe)
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To: dewee
Thank you.
48 posted on 05/27/2003 11:36:15 AM PDT by A-teamMom
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To: hole_n_one
Your picture is priceless. Thanks.
49 posted on 05/27/2003 11:36:55 AM PDT by A-teamMom
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To: cpforlife.org
I think I may have already posted some of that.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/917898/posts

Memorial Day, 2003 Monday May 26th, 2003 Today is the day we celebrate Memorial Day. Today we take time to ponder and honor those who fought and died for our freedoms. While we show our thanks to those who fought and died for our freedoms, let us ponder just what freedom means to us and what freedoms we would fight for and yes, die defending or restoring.

...

50 posted on 05/27/2003 2:28:52 PM PDT by 2timothy3.16
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