Eagle Scout cleans up veterans cemetery in West Hartford
By WFSB Staff
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
An Eagle Scout from West Hartford has developed a plan to honor veterans by cleaning up a portion of the Fairview Cemetery and has recruited dozens of people to help him.
At the Fairview Cemetery, there are five areas that are dedicated to veterans and their families.
"I think it's going to be perfect. When the trees are fully in bloom it's going to be beautiful," said Eagle Scout Scott Wheeler, 16.
Wheeler came up an idea for building a granite bench and surrounding it with trees to receive his Eagle Scout award. The idea was a way that he could honor his role models, his grandfather and great uncle, who both served in World War II.
"I respect my grandfather and all the veterans so much," Wheeler said.
In September, Wheeler decided to clean up the overgrown ground markers by hand. And with the help of 20 other scouts, he is hoping to clean up 836 gravestones marking the graves of fallen soldiers.
"It was great to see all the kids getting organized and doing their thing," said Rick DiBella, who is the grounds manager of the Fairview Cemetery. "Scott did a great job. He pulled everything together."
When Wheeler is finished, a group of West Hartford veterans will pick up and plan to add a fountain next to the bench.
Wheeler said his part was the least could do to honor the heroes who put their lives on the line for us.
"I'd love for everyone to recognize that these soldiers gave up their lives to fight for what they believed in and for our country," he said. "And I'd love if they could pay their respects to them."
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