May 252015
 

Groton Girl Scout Troop 63179 marched under a very special U.S. flag in the Groton Memorial Day parade this morning.

Girl Scout Troop 63179's flag was carried on a mission by a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Veteran's Day, 2014

Girl Scout Troop 63179’s flag was carried on a mission by a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Veteran’s Day, 2014


Beverly Harris, a troop leader, explained the story behind the troop’s flag.

“This fall I reached out to a friend who is currently serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan looking for an opportunity to be of service to our military troops. Groton troop 63179 had the privilege of sending goodies and toiletries to his squadron to celebrate Veterans Day.

“We learned that this squadron called BACN (Battlefield Airborne Communications Node) maintains and flies a special plane that helps soldiers in combat keep communication lines open to base camp. The plane was developed after a group of 4 soldiers went up into the mountains in search of Taliban and was discovered by goat farmers. The soldiers let the farmers go, but the farmers reported them to the Taliban anyway. All but one soldier survived the mission. The movie “Lone Survivor” is the story of that mission.

“We were honored to receive this flag flown on a mission on Veterans Day 2014 by the BACN crew. With special permission we proudly carry the flag at today’s Memorial Day remembrance for all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

Girl Scout Troop 63179 marched under a U.S. flag carried in AfghanistanArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Girl Scout Troop 63179 marched under a U.S. flag carried in Afghanistan