Memorial Day: Becoming an Eagle Scout

posted by TURTLE & HUGHES in Perspectives

This Memorial Day, we salute Liam Kephart who spent the last year building a monument to Delaware Valley High School alumni who served in the armed forces. The monument sits in front of his school in Frenchtown, NJ, and will be unveiled at a ceremony this week.

Kephart, whose life-long dream is to attend a military academy after high school graduation, is a sophomore from Holland Township and a member of Boy Scout Troop 187. This is his Eagle Scout project; the highest rank attainable by a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

"I built it as a way to say 'thank you' to the many graduates who have served in the military," explains Kephart. "My high school really does not have any banner, or plaque, or anything that thanks the students who have served in the military. I found it very appropriate to make a monument that honors the students who take it upon themselves to defend our freedom, and serve for something greater than themselves."

The monument consists of a bed of white gravel, shrubs, light fixtures, five eagle-topped flagpoles that represent each branch of the military, a boulder with a plaque, and two steel cut-outs of soldiers who symbolize those who survived and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

To cover the cost of the project, Kephart sought donations from local businesses, including the Turtle & Hughes Bridgewater, NJ, branch, which contributed electrical materials and floodlights. "When we received Liam’s request, there was no question that we would support his project. This is greater than his local high school. It is a thank you to service men and women everywhere," says Brian Fitzgerald, Branch Manager.

This Memorial Day, raise your flags high in honor of the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and to our military families – those who serve today and in years past. We thank you for your sacrifice.

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