Grave Decoration

Come place flags at Golden Gate National Cemetery to pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

Flag Planting – The Saturday before Memorial Day (5/23/20)
Flag Retrieval – The Saturday after Memorial Day (5/30/20)

For over 70 years, Scouts around the country have been helping to honor our country’s fallen. It all began in 1949 when Scouts in the Greater St. Louis Council decorated the 190,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with miniature US flags. Since then, it has become one of the largest service projects in the country.

Locally, the Golden Gate National Cemetery was first opened in 1941 and is one of 131 National cemeteries in 39 states. It is the final resting place of 15 Medal of Honor recipients, Congressman Leo Ryan, and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of the US Pacific Fleet during World War II. Each year, Scouts, Scouters, veterans and other community groups from all over the Bay Area gather in tribute to these gallant men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

Flag Planting: Memorial Day Saturday

7:15am Check-in begins. Only ONE member of your group should check in. Check-in will be by Council/District.
8:30am Opening Ceremonies begin.

Registration Tip: All participants and units are to register by way of individual registration. The registration will ask for the quantity of your group and unit information.

Flag Pick-up: the Saturday following Memorial Day

No need to register.
9:00am Check-in begins.

Service Hours

Log your service hours here.


Want to get involved? Please contact Tom Kenney at the Pacific Skyline Council office, (650) 341-5633, or at