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Life Scout Akshay Patel Creates Veterans Memorial Garden

Complete with landscaping, the garden is at the Memorial Park sledding hill.

Boy Scout Troop 70 have several Scouts who have or will achieve Eagle Scout rank. Cinnaminson Patch has asked them to share their stories and photos with us. 

Scout: Akshay Patel

Current Scout Rank: Life Scout

School: Cinnaminson High School

Grade: 11

Project Description: My Eagle Scout project was a dedication to the veterans of Cinnaminson, both alive and dead.

When looking for a project idea, I asked Cinnaminson's mayor Don Brauckmann if there was anything I could do for the community. He then suggested a project the township was planning on doing which I was very interested in.

He told me about an old war veterans memorial that is in Cinnaminson's Memorial Park that the township wanted to relocate to the park's new sledding hill. He said the memorial isn't seen very often and moving it would make it more visible to those at the park.

Also, in addition to moving the monument, the project was to plant a garden surrounding the monument to an area of the hill which wasn't very appealing at the time—and to make it more aesthetically pleasin. 

So basically, the idea was to relocate a veterans' memorial and plant a garden around it and the garden would be placed where the memorial would be seen by more people. The garden would also be improving the appearance on the side of Memorial Parks new sledding hill.

I thought it was a great idea and would be a great project for the community and would be my honor to create this garden dedicating the veterans of Cinnaminson. I then spent the time composing the project and get more details to exactly what I would be doing.

I then proposed the project to the Cinnminson Township and once it was approved, I began my work. I then spent the next seven months preparing, raising money to fund my project, planning, and going through with the project.

On Sept. 23, I finished my dedication garden. The end result was a 25-foot long garden with six ink berry hollies in the back, the memorial in front of the hollies, two red mums on both sides of the memorial, and in front of the memorial about 140 red, white and purple pansies. Also, behind and around the memorial, daffodil bulbs were planted which will bloom in the spring.

The garden is layer with mulch and the entire garden is boardered with stone pavers. The garden was an honor to create and is a great addition to the community. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to make this garden dedicated to the veterans of Cinnaminson and was humbled by the entire experience of doing my Eagle Scout project.

Chip December 12, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful project, which will honor all veterans! Great job, Aashay!
Sean McDonough December 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Congrats Akshay! Wish more kids today had your drive and devotion!
Ric December 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Thank you. What a great way to honor the good men and women who protected our freedom.
FbS December 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Wonderful job Akshey! Very proud of you!
Jamie Lyons December 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Akshay, As a 20 year veteran of the military and Cinnaminson resident, I "Thank You" for all the effort you put into this! Jamie
Bill O'Connor December 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Thank you Akshay. It looks great and it is a great honor to our military men and women.
Bull Pitt December 13, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Drove by and took a look at it today. It looks very nice. Thanks Akshay.
michael kearney December 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Akshay great project. Soon you will join your brother as an Eagle Scout. Cinnaminson Troop 70 teaches the Boy Scouts of America traditional family, personal and community values. These values never go out of style. Thanks to the Cinnaminson Community for their continuous support of the scouts fundraising activities.
Jeanine Burke December 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Akshay, awesome! Inspirational & patriotic. Thank you for honoring our veterans & beautifying our town. My best wishes to you!
John December 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes, it was a great idea for the veterans....I wish I would have known sooner, I would have donated to that project.....I saluate all who were drafted and now have signed up.

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