This Veterans Day –and especially on December 12- the people of Newington, Connecticut will honor their fallen heroes at the town’s newly refurbished veterans memorial, thanks to the work and dedication of Jacob Sirois.
Jacob, who is a member of Newington Boy Scout Troop 347, was determined to restore splendor to the memorial at West Meadow Cemetery where many local veterans are buried, while working toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank.
“I don’t want people to look at this as Jacob Sirois’ Eagle Scout project, but instead as a tribute to the men and women who served our country,” Jacob explains to Erica Schmitt of the New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press. “Seeing these flagpoles in disrepair upset me, so I thought I’d fix it.”
black granite memorial plaques for Jacob and his project. With help from his fellow troop members, family and friends, Jacob also planted yellow chrysanthemums at the site.
By tradition, Boy Scouts and Newington High School Key Club students carry red roses to the memorial as each name is read and a bell is tolled during Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies. In addition, Wreaths Across America will decorate veterans’ graves at cemeteries across the country on December 12, including Newington’s West Meadow Cemetery.
“You can see the project came out beautifully. The veterans can’t wait to see this year’s wreath ceremony in December,” Mike Sirois says. “Thank you for all your help with Jacob’s project.”
You’re welcome, Mike -and Jacob. It is our honor.