Friday, March 7, 2008

Eagle Scout

As of December 26, 2007, I am officially an Eagle Scout. I was honored to recieve the reward and proud of all the things that I have done on the way. Looking back at all the experiences and opportunities that I have had through scouting, I am very grateful and blessed. My Eagle Scout Project took a lot of time and hard work, but with the help of the community, I was able to accomplish something truly special. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way.

On Veterans' Day, November 11, was the Rededication Ceremony for the Pataskala Veterans' Memorial. Over 200 people attended the ceremony on a cold, rainy day. In attendance were Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher, US Congressman Pat Tiberi, Ohio State Senator Tim Shaffer, Ohio State Representative Jay Hottinger, the Pataskala City Council, members of the Reynoldsburg VFW, the West Licking Fire Dept. and a veterans biker group. I was very pleased with the amount of people who came despite the weather. I want to thank everyone who came and also everyone who helped make this possible. I truly appreciate the efforts of the community to come together and make this beautiful memorial for our nations veterans.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Almost Finished

The renovation of the Memorial is almost done. The flag poles are up and there are only some minor things to do before the Veterans' Day dedication ceremony on November 11. I am very excited for the ceremony and I can hardly believe how great the Memorial looks. I want to thank the community for coming together with me to make this possible.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Coming Together

The granite base stone was delievered Tuesday and the original memorial stone was placed on the base stone today. The planter box wall is assembled. In the next couple weeks I should be getting the rest of the engraved pavers in. The project is really coming together now and I look foward to getting more work done this weekend.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Work in Progress

The concrete pads for the memorial were poured the Wednesday during the street fair by Mark Rodgers Construction. I was very appreciative of their help. The two pads are for the flag poles and also for the granite base stone that the memorial stone will rest on. I would like to thank True Value for their donation of gravel. The gravel was spread all over the site and leveled. This past week I have been laying down pavers and I am very excited about the progress that has been made. I would like to thank all of the scouts and parents from Troop 21 that have come down to help. I am confident that the memorial will look fantastic and with the first group of pavers laid, I finally have been able to get a glimpse of what it will look like.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Progress Continues

The holes for the flag poles have been dug and the sleeves have been cemented in place. The concrete pad will be poured by Rodgers Construction this week. The benches should be ready by next month. All the pavers have been ordered and the engraver has started to process the forms. We will need all your completed forms back by August 18, in order for them to be installed by the Veterans Day Dedication. I am very enthusiastic about the progress that I have been making in both fundraising and construction on the site. I would like to thank everyone for their help and I look forward to continuing my work to renovate the memorial.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

First Work Day

Last Saturday, I removed the old planter box and the memorial stone from the site. I was very excited that I was finally able to do some actual work. I would like to give a big thanks to Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home for removing the memorial stone off of the old concrete base and storing it for me. I won't be able to work on the site for several weeks because I will be on vacation but as soon as I return in July I will be sure to get back to work. The first order of paver bricks have been purchased and are scheduled to be sent to the engraver so we are ready for you to send in your donation forms! The base stone and the flagpoles have also been ordered. Above is a picture of what the site looks like now.