Eagle Scout builds 9/11 memorial bench, plus other positive news in Scouting this week

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In July, a new 9/11 memorial bench will be unveiled at the Keene Fire Department’s West Keene station in Keene, New Hampshire. Eagle Scout Wade Plaskiewicz, with Troop 302 in Surry, NH, leads the project. He got the inspiration from his family’s military background and their stories of 9/11.

The bench, crafted by T.S. Mann Lumber Company, will feature symbols honoring the Survivor Tree from Ground Zero and commemorate the sacrifices of first responders and service members.

Supported by local businesses and his troop, Wade sees the memorial as a lasting tribute that will resonate with the community, especially young visitors who will encounter it daily.

Read more about this story from the Keene Sentinel website.

Butterfly garden to honor historic Alabama community

Chandler Taylor, a local Eagle Scout from Mobile, Alabama, teamed up with Rochelle Williams to honor Africatown, a historic community in Mobile with a butterfly garden. The project also aims to honor the legacy of Williams’ grandparents and uplift the community.

Africatown was formed around 1860 by 32 enslaved West Africans brought to the United States. The garden, funded partly by Africatown Plateau Pacers and Keep Mobile Beautiful, symbolizes hope and transformation for Africatown. It also reflects the resilience amid challenges faced by the community over the years.

Chandler expressed his commitment to highlighting Africatown’s history and culture through this meaningful initiative, emphasizing its potential to unite and inspire residents.

Learn more about this story from the Fox 10 website or the video below.

Troop renovates flag donation box before retirement ceremony

Troop 375 from Mt. Vernon, Indiana, is refurbishing the American Legion’s flag donation dox in Posey County, Ind. Unveiled initially as an Eagle Scout project a few years ago, this box will collect old flags for proper retirement by Legion veterans on the fourth of July.

Despite heavy use since its inception, the Scouts have maintained the box’s upkeep, recently sanding and repainting it in preparation for this year’s Independence Day ceremony.

Read more about this story from the 14 News website.

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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.