Scout undertakes project of updating veteran database
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.