Not every aspiring Eagle Scout gets a day named after him in his quest to reach Scouting’s highest rank. But on Armed Forces Day, one 17-year-old Scout in the New Birth of Freedom Council unveiled a veteran-honoring monument he spearheaded and became the exception.
For the project that has since helped him achieve Eagle Scout, Trevor D. raised $29,000 to erect a granite monument honoring veterans of Dauphin and Middle Paxton Township in Pennsylvania. The unveiling ceremony drew more than 300 people, ensuring these veterans received the recognition Trevor intended.
Now Trevor is getting citywide acknowledgement too. Earlier this week, the Dauphin County commissioners proclaimed Wednesday “Trevor Drawbaugh” day. They even donated a brick to the monument that sits prominently in the county’s square.
“It’s a great honor to attain the rank of Eagle,” Dauphin County Commissioner (and fellow Eagle Scout) Jeff Haste said.
Trevor will carry the rank with pride as he sets off to join a new set of ranks. He starts Marine basic training this October, making his decision to honor veterans all the more significant.
Learn more about what inspired the Eagle Scout in the video below, where Trevor addresses attendees at the monument unveiling. Then head to Penn Live to read more on how the city returned the honor.