Robert Nemecek of Saylorsburg, recently completed his service project, which is needed for him to earn Eagle Scout, a goal he has been working toward for the last six years.
His project was to renovate the POW/MIA Memorial in Chestnuthill Township Park in Brodheadsville. He began the project in September and put the finishing touches to it on the morning of its dedication, Nov. 13.
His home troop #98 attended the event, along with his parents, family and friends.
Robert called upon the color guard to bring the colors forward.
Members from the American Legion Post 927, Gilbert, participated in the ceremony. Thomas Franklin, president of the Post, read two poems. James Mills gave the invocation. Members of the Monroe County Joint Veterans Honor Guard unfolded an American flag and gave a gun salute for prisoners of war and missing in action soldiers. "Taps" was played by a member of Boy Scout Troop #98 and the flag was refolded, in honor of all those who could not be there.
On Sept. 10, Troop #98 participated in the Monroe County Youth Field Day at Trexler Scout Camp.
"We retired 50 flags. Two of them pretty special. One belonged to one of our Scouts, Andrew Atherton's grandfather. He flew that American flag all his life. The other flag was a coffin flag given to Nick Hawkey and it participated in 20,000 miles with Rolling Thunder," said Scoutmaster Steve Rhoads.
He explained that the proper thing to do with flags that have been retired or in disrepair, is to burn them respectfully. You can then bury the ashes or sprinkle them over a veteran's grave.
The troop chose to take the ashes of these two flags and sprinkle them over the mound that represents a "grave" at the POW/MIA Memorial in Chestnuthill Park.
"We felt it was an appropriate place," said Rhoads.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone was invited inside the park building for refreshments.
Robert's parents, Robert and Carol Nemecek, an assistant Scoutmaster with the troop, said they were very proud of their son.
"He did a great job," said Carol.
Robert said he chose this project because he wanted to help the park and the memorial needed fixing up.
"I also wanted to help the veterans in this community. It feels good."