MADISON — After seeing a lady cry because she could not locate the brick with the name of her family member at the Veterans Memorial ByPass in Madison, Tristan Moore and the local V.F.W. had a great plan that could help those visiting the memorial while also helping Moore reach his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.
“There are around 700 names of veterans on bricks here at the memorial and I wanted to make it easier for visitors to find the names of their family, friends and loved ones,” Moore said.
The 17-year-old Scott High School senior has been in the scouts since he was in the first grade.
“I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and I did this project to become an Eagle Scout,” he said.
A Scout must complete all merit badges before starting his “Eagle Project,” Moore said.
Maybe it’s because completion of the project brings the son of Jason and Shellee one step closer to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, or maybe it’s the thought of giving back to his community and those who served in the military in a way that will be recognized for years to come.
Whatever the reason, Moore, a scout with Boy Scouts of America Troop 289 in Madison, is still beaming over the accomplishment.
“It took a couple of hundred hours of work to complete the project and I had lots of help,” he said.
Moore said Joe Gero, a troop leader and member of the Daniel Boone V.F.W. Post 5578 in Madison, was very involved in the project.
“He is a veteran and I know this project was special to him as well,” said Moore.
Moore said others scouts, school friends, members of the community, local veterans, the V.F.W. and local businesses all contributed or donated to make the project a reality.
“Everyone has been so nice and were so helpful in accomplishing this project,” he said.
With the Eagle Scout Project completed, Moore said all that is keeping him from the Eagle Scout rank is his project being certified by the Boy Scouts of America.
“I want to thank everyone that helped, including my other troop leaders Chip Shaffer, Joe Linville and Mark Linville,” he said.
Moore also has a younger brother and sister, 14-year-old Cole and 8-year-old Olivia.
As a scout, Moore has also been to various scout camps, back-packing adventures and volunteering in local food and toy drives around the holidays.
“I have always loved being a scout and enjoy the opportunity to help others and learn valuable leadership skills and more,” he said.
Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at [email protected] or @fcpace62 on Twitter.