Boy Scout aims to create veteran’s monument in Oak Hill Cemetery
Sixteen-year-old Scott Jerdon is trying to build the more than 13,000-pound monument for his Eagle Scout project.
“I have always had a strong passion towards military,” he said. “I actually am going to join the military. So having your Eagle project – it’s supposed to be for the community – I thought it’d be a great idea to do a veteran’s memorial.
“I didn’t know exactly what to do, so I looked online at different past projects that people had done,” Jerdon said.
The Lampasas High School junior had his engineer brother-in-law render the design, with cost estimates running about $15,000 for materials and labor.
“Once I figured out the idea in my head, I sat down with a ruler, measured it out,” Jerdon said. “I got a scale – like an inch was two foot – and drew it out on notebook paper from the top view, side view, you name it I drew it out.”
Due to the nature of the monument – with bronze military branch emblems and masonry work – the Scout will need the community’s help to complete the project.
He already has signed up several local businesses to support the project.
Jerdon has been in the Boy Scout program for more than 10 years, starting as a Cub Scout and working his way to, hopefully, Eagle Scout. It’s rare for a Cub Scout to advance all the way to Eagle Scout rank, he said.
“I started way back at the beginning,” Jerdon said. “Having been doing this for so long, it’s a great honor considering the national average for boys who start at Cub Scouts and get Eagle is only 1 to 3 percent. To be a part of that would be spectacular.”
Those who wish to donate toward the veteran’s memorial can send a check to Boy Scout Troup 200 at First Methodist Church, 2 Alexander Lane, Lampasas, TX 76550. Any questions or concerns can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m hoping to have it done by Memorial Day so I can actually have it dedicated on Memorial Day,” Jerdon said.
There aren’t many monuments to veterans in the county, he said.
“There’s one at the courthouse, but I think it’s a smaller scale than mine – a lot smaller,” Jerdon said.
The LHS junior plans to attend college and participate in an ROTC program. From there he will join a branch of the military, though he’s unsure which one.