13-year-aged types, installs veterans memorial as Eagle Scout venture | Area of interest

Even at 13, Nick Ketchen is no stranger to management.

With the assistance of sponsors, volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 237, the scout from Frankfort Sq. completed a memorial to military veterans at Neighborhood Park on election working day.

“I required it to be performed right before Veterans Working day,” said Nick.

The memorial is made up of four plaques in a section of mulch, backed by a kneeling wall of tiered stone. It is Nick’s Eagle Scout undertaking, the do the job scouts have to entire to attain the Boy Scouts of America’s best rank. It is the solution of pretty much a 12 months of arranging, coordinating and hands-on get the job done by Nick, Troop 237 and the Frankfort Sq. Park District.

Frankfort Square’s military veterans keep a unique position in Nick’s thoughts, so he realized that he wished his Eagle Scout venture to honor their sacrifice. “I just preferred to make something that could honor them, mainly because they’ve completed a good deal for our nation.”

“He experienced this purpose to do a memorial for the army from day a person,” said scoutmaster Earl Bonovich. 

At 20261 S. Graceland Lane, the memorial has a distinguished spot in Neighborhood Park. Nick and his mother, Karen, are very pleased of the web-site, which Nick and the park district worked to pick. Although the scouts were constructing the memorial, Karen Ketchen mentioned passersby kept stopping to commend it.