Were Girl Scouts around in
1776? Well, no (but imagine the uniforms they might have
worn!), but there IS a long history of Girl Scouts supporting America's troops
and showing support for their country. Right from the beginning of the Girl
Scout movement in America, girls rolled bandages for soldiers during World War
I. During World War II, Girl Scouts knit socks for soldiers, planted victory
gardens and even sold war bonds!
This tradition of service to our armed forces
continues. Throughout recent wars and current conflicts, Girl
Scouts make handmade valentines, write cards, and send care packages (with
delicious cookies!) to our servicemen and women. They deliver our troops the
uplifting message that Girl Scouts hold them in their thoughts and prayers,
especially on this most important day.
Throughout the year, Girl Scouts show
their patriotism in many ways -- by participating in flag
retirement ceremonies; marching in Veteran's Day parades; participating in
Memorial Day ceremonies and placing flags at local cemeteries.
The service projects that are an
important part of the Girl Scout experience are patriotic, too.
Not only in the immediate benefit to the community: the skills they learn
prepare our girls as leaders in the communities we hold dear, in this country we
your Independence Day!