Honoring those who have served

Eagle Scout project recognizes U.S. veterans

GILMAN — Andrew Abramson of Troop 324 in Marshalltown, unveiled his Eagle Scout project honoring veterans on Saturday at the Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman.

Friends, family, fellow Boy Scouts, Legion Riders and the Color Guard were on hand to witness the newest edition to the cemetery.

Three flag posts stood bare before the ceremony commenced. Abramson helped with the raising of the American flag, POW flag and Iowa flag.

A 21-gun salute took place after the American flag was raised and then lowered to half-mast.

The ceremony concluded with Abramson addressing the audience explaining the meaning of his project and unveiling a plaque with his name and the the logos the armed services.

“I thought of American veterans and I wanted to honor them,” Abramson said. “I want them to know people care about them.”

He’s not a typical Eagle Scout-to-be, at the age of 14.

The saying associated is ‘1 in 100’ meaning one scout out of every 100 ever attains the Eagle rank. For those that do, the common age is close to 18, the final possible year.

That speaks volumes about who Abramson is and his dedication.

“To get Eagle at age 14 you have to be constantly working towards it,” said Ex-Scoutmaster John Fuller. “Twenty-one merit badges are required, so that alone is about seven per year.”

Not only does Abramson have dedication, he also holds the ideals of Boy Scouts and America close to his heart.

“He wanted to do this before July 4 to honor freedom and the veterans,” said Laurie Abramson, Andrew’s mom. “He really understands the meaning of freedom.”

Originally the plan was to include only the three flag posts in a slab of concrete. That constantly changed and grew as the project progressed.

“As he saw it come to form he kept adding things,” Fuller said. “He added the wall behind it for a back drop, and the bench so people can reflect.”

More went into it than development; funds were needed.

“He raised all the money for this through fundraisers,” Laurie said. “Once the word got around people started to help and donate.”

Andrew says he’s thinking of “retiring” from the Boy Scouts, but his mom and ex-Scoutmaster thinks he’ll stick around because it’s something he’s been so involved with and loves to do.

“Whatever he chooses to do after this, he will succeed at,” Fuller said.

Regardless of what that might be, Andrew has left a permanent mark on Gilman that he and others can come back to.

“I hope to give tours of my project and explain its importance to people,” Andrew said.


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