Scout earns Eagle with patriotic project

Jesse Lawson in front of the flags he installed
Jesse Lawson in front of the flags he installed

By Jesse Lawson
For the Independent
I’m a Boy Scout in troop 48 in Eagle Point. My current rank is Life Scout. The next rank is Eagle Scout, but in order to get to Eagle Scout, I have to lead an Eagle Project. An Eagle project is any large project a Life Scout can do in which the community benefits. My project was to extend the Avenue of Flags from Main Street to Stevens Road to the Eagle Point National Cemetery, by planting cement flag bases into the ground where flags could be placed.

It started on June 2, 2007 and was finished Oct. 6, 2007. I worked on
it for those two days. On June 2, we planted the bases from the
beginning of Stevens Road to Robert Trent Jones Boulevard. With much
help by fellow scouts and some adults, we completed it within five
hours. After a long break, on Oct. 6, we started right up again,
starting at Riley Road to the old entrance to the cemetery. With
assistance by many more scouts, a few more adults and a hefty auger, we
competed the final stage within two hours.
The first time we
put up the first half of the flags, it looked absolutely fantastic. It
definitely brighted up Stevens Road quite a bit. It gave me a sense of
pride that I was a part of something that looked so beautiful.
would like to give special thanks to: Economy Plywood and Building
Supply Co., Teri McKay of Subway in Eagle Point, Ryan McIntire of
Figaros Pizza in Eagle Point, Robbie Moss of United Rentals in Medford,
Wylie Johnson, Helen Wolgamott, Randy Sell, Darrin Thornton, Rob Rowe,
Kathy Sell, Sharron Lawson, William Lawson and, of course, all my
fellow friends and scouts who helped with my project.
Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, will be the next time the flags will be flown. Come up and see them.

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