Troop #53, the former resident Boy Scout Troop at the Japanese Baptist Church on Capitol Hill, commemorated its 89-year history in a celebration at the Museum of Flight. Troop #53 began in 1920, organized by Clarence Arai and others from the church. The troop was deactivated at the end of 2008 due to declining membership.
Emery Andrews, who served as scoutmaster from 1925 to 1968, was honored posthumously. Frank Nishimura, scoutmaster from 1968 through 1998, and Debbie Eng-Coe, scoutmaster from 1999 to 2009, were guests of honor. ♦