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BSA and Protecting the D-Day Landing Beaches

February 7, 2014


Dear Colleagues,

We in the BSA now all have a unique opportunity, and a responsibility, to ensure that our Greatest Generation is honored by future generations. The French government has named Transatlantic Council as official Custodians of the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy. 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the official celebrations kick off with our Council Camporee on Omaha Beach on 25-27 April. Entire contingents and individual Scout families are traveling from the US to attend.

We are leading a petition drive to convince UNESCO to grant World Heritage Site status to the D-Day landing beaches. The D-Day beaches are not protected from development, and they are under threat. This will be the first time that UNESCO considers a public petition to grant World Heritage Site status. We will present the petition to them on Omaha Beach on April 26, so we have only a short time to energize and motivate thousands of youth, volunteers, family and friends to sign the petition, either on paper or electronically. Please help send out the electronic petition or ask people to download the paper one, and let’s gather as many signatures as possible.

Download the petition here

Anyone who gathers 100 signatures via any source (Scout’s honor) will earn a special Normandy UNESCO Pin. Please send name and address details for pins, and all paper petitions, via email.

Thank you for your support. We can all make a difference, and continue to play an important role in preserving our history.

Vincent P. Cozzone
Scout Executive/CEO
Transatlantic Council, BSA

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathryn permalink
    March 27, 2014 08:45

    How do I collect electronic signatures?

  2. March 27, 2014 09:40

    There are a couple of different ways. The first would be to save the petition as a PDF and turn it into an editable form. Then you can add a signature field. Another way is to just email the petition to those that you want signatures from and they can add their own. Finally, and this is the easiest, tell anyone that you email the form to to have them draw their signature, like in Word, and then they can copy/paste it into the petition. Hope this helps!

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