Alex Norris and two helpers installed his Eagle Scout project in the historic town of Fincastle on July 12, during a break from torrential rain. The rising senior at Lord Botetourt High wanted to do something community minded, long-lasting and reverential.
He has succeeded.
It’s in a small brick courtyard outside the Botetourt County Public Safety Building, about a block from the county courthouse. It comprises four 4-foot-long gray granite benches — two on either side of an already-standing flagpole.
Each pair of benches faces a 4-foot long black granite marker set on the flagpole’s opposite sides. One marker is engraved with five emblems representing America’s military services. On the other are five emblems representing local first-responders. On each, an engraved headline explains: “In thankful remembrance for all who served.”
It sounds simple, right? It was anything but. Norris, 17, hasn’t chosen a title for it. I will suggest one: “A Boy Scout’s Introduction to Red Tape and Red Ink.”
That’s not to take away anything from the Cloverdale teen, or the positive contribution he’s made. But the kid has been through the wringer with this thing. He’s still going through it. He’s not yet an Eagle Scout.
Allow me to explain.
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