scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Medals Questions
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Fri May 05 2000 - 18:59:37 CDT
At 04:38 PM 5/3/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Back in the late 60's and early 70's I belonged to a Troop
>that went on quite a few Historic Trails hikes, mostly in
>Illinois and Iowa.
>I haven't heard of any local Troops attending such hikes
>so I don't know if these hikes still exist or if patches and
>medals are still available. Are these patches and medals
>still available to hikers?
Did you ever go on the Lincoln Trail between New Salem and Springfield,
Ill.? It still exists. Last weekend was the 75th anniversary of the
Lincoln Trail and the 55th anniversary of the Lincoln Pilgrimage. On
Saturday, the younger Scouts toured the New Salem Historical Village, and
then toured the various Lincoln historical sites in Springfield, including
Lincoln's tomb and home, the old Illinois State Capitol where he served,
and other sites. The older Scouts hiked the 20 miles from New Salem to
Springfield along the Lincoln Trail. On Sunday, all the Scouts, some
10,000, gathered at Lincoln's Tomb for an inspiring talk from a local
gentleman, born some 20 miles away in Lincoln, Illinois (whose name I
regrettably forget), who happens to be a Navy Commander, an F-14 pilot
(having flown in Iraq and in the movie, "Top Gun"), and a Shuttle pilot.
Then we all marched (led by every unit's American flag bearer in one group
in the front) from Lincoln's tomb to the State Capitol.
The Scouts who walked the Lincoln Trail get a medal if they also do a 300
word book report on Abraham Lincoln. Did you do this one?
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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