Local Scouts March in Centennial Parade

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On July 25, the Boy Scouts of America Grand Centennial Parade marched into history as one of the largest parades to come down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. in decades. Approximately 10,000 people were involved in the parade and just as many people were cheering from the sidelines. Broken Arrow brothers, Zachary and Blayne Bettinger, were chosen to carry the division marshal banner for the Eagle Scout Division of the Parade. The brothers served as the Honor Guard for William “Bill” Elred, son of Arthur Elred, the first Eagle Scout. The birthday celebration took two forms: First, the Centennial Parade and then the National Scout Jamboree which took place in nearby Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.