Troop 868 in Action
(October, 2006)

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Troop 868 was honored to be asked to participate in the dedication ceremony for the new Shepherdsville Government Center on October 26, 2006.  The troop provided 4 scouts to serve as part of a color guard detail that also included Junior ROTC cadets from Bullitt Central High School and veterans from the local VFW post.  Members from the Bullitt Central band played the national anthem and Troop 868 Eagle Scout Clinton Vissers led everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

After the flag raising, Shepherdsville Mayor Joe Sohm presided over a dedication program that included brief remarks by a number of local dignitaries and officials.  The program concluded with a special cornerstone ceremony performed by members of the Masonic Order before the formal ribbon cutting.

The new government center houses administrative offices for most of the departments of Shepherdsville city government, a new headquarters for the Shepherdsville Police Department, and a new headquarters and firehouse for the Shepherdsville Fire Department.  The building also includes a gymnasium that will be open for public use and a new meeting room for the City Council.  Guided tours of the facility were led by members of the Police and Fire Departments.

Troop 868 scouts lined up with Junior ROTC cadets and members of the local VFW post for color guard duty. (L to R) Chris, Trey, Tim, and Gabe were in charge of raising the City of Shepherdsville flag.
Ready to go, Scouts waited for the JROTC color guard to hoist the American Flag. Brass players from the Bullitt Central High School band (foreground) waited to play the national anthem.
Scouts Clinton, Gabe, Tim, Trey, and Chris stood with ASM Chuck Davis and Scoutmaster Bob Meek during the speeches. The Grand Master of the Kentucky Masonic Lodge presented a certificate to Shepherdsville Mayor Joe Sohm.
Members of the public were invited to participate in the formal ribbon cutting and scouts accepted the invitation. Mayor Sohm waited for a signal from the official photographer before cutting the ribbon.