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Governor Chafee honors this year's class of Eagle Scouts

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

A colorful night at the State House, as Governor Chafee honored this year's Eagle Scouts.

"I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country," said the Scouts, reciting their Oath.

Nearly 250 young men in Rhode Island achieved scouting's highest honor this year, and 50 or so of those Eagle Scouts were at the State House Wednesday night with their parents and leaders.

Some of these young men talked about what a difference Scouting has made in their lives.

"What it means to me is to be an Eagle Scout is helping out others. Doing anything you can, such as the Scouting for Food," said Eagle Scout Alexander Velasquez of Troop 3 in Central Falls.

"I come from an underprivileged city like Central Falls. And without a doubt it is something that has helped me build more character," said Eagle Scout Christian Giraldo of Troop 3 in Central Falls.

Governor Chafee told the legendary story of how his dad - the late Senator John Chafee - saved another Boy Scout life when he was just 14 years old.

That Scout, who was saved, was Bruce Sundlin, who became Governor of Rhode Island.

Congratulations to all of tonight's honored Scouts!

 

 

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