Members of Cub Scout Pack 62 in Budd Lake Annual Moving up Ceremony

Members of Cub Scout Pack 62 in Budd Lake held their annual moving up ceremony. US Marine Veteran Sergeant James Van Valen spoke to the scouts about the history of Memorial Day and the importance of remembering those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Sgt Van Valen served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (“The Fighting 13th”). Sgt Van Valen was a recipient of the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and two Certificates of Commendation. The cub scouts excitedly asked questions, learned about the different Marine uniforms and heard about Sgt Van Valen’s experience as a Marine. Cub Scout Pack 62 will be marched in the Mount Olive Memorial Day parade on Monday May 26 to honor those who have served and gave their lives for our country. If you would like more information or would like to join Pack 62 please contactCub Master Jenevieve D’Amico at


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