Scout un­der­takes project of up­dat­ing veteran data­base

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Boy Scout Kel­son Wright is pur­su­ing his Ea­gle Scout badge. He is a mem­ber of Cen­tre­ville Troop 464, and to be­come an Ea­gle Scout, he must first com­plete his Ea­gle Project.

“Ea­gle Scout is one of the most hon­ored and re­spected achieve­ments one can make as a youth in the USA,” Kel­son said.

His project is not a small un­der­tak­ing, as Kel­son will be up­dat­ing the lo­cal Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery data­base with all the vet­er­ans cur­rently buried there. He will also be plac­ing mark­ers at the grave of all vet­er­ans buried in Ch­ester­field Ceme­ter y.

For the mark­ers, which are medal­lions 5 7/8” in di­am­e­ter and the alu­minum rod on which it rests, Kel­son is tr ying to raise funds.

He said, “I need to raise at least $6,500 for my project to pur­chase over 400 mark­ers.”

“This project is very im­por­tant to me be­cause I don’t think vet­er­ans should serve our coun­try only to be for­got­ten, no mat­ter how long ago they served,” Kel­son said.

He added, this project is also a nat­u­ral fit for him, be­cause he is very good in deal­ing with tech­nol­ogy.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the Amer­i­can Le­gion, Jeff Davis Post 18, in Cen­tre­ville con­trib­uted to Kel­son’s project with a check for $2,000. Kel­son said he was very ap­pre­cia­tive of the le­gion’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Do­na­tions will be gra­ciously ac­cepted at any level, Kel­son said. Do­na­tions of $30 or more include an op­tional recog­ni­tion on the back of the marker.

On­line do­na­tions can be made by go­ing to gofundme. com/kel­son­wright.

Checks can be mailed to: Boy Scout Troop 464, c/o Bar­bie Me­d­ina, 140 Clai­borne Fields, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617, At­ten­tion: Wright Ea­gle Project.

The troop re­quests checks be made payable to Troop 464 and noted for “Veteran ID Data­base.”

Scout Kel­son Wright is rais­ing funds for his Ea­gle Scout Project to pur­chase th­ese medal­lions as grave mark­ers for vet­er­ans in­terred at Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery.

Cen­tre­ville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18 Com­man­der Vince Hig­gins, left, presents a check to Kel­son Wright, Troop 464, for his Ea­gle Scout Project, cen­ter, and his brother, Gavin Wright.

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