Fort Loramie Eagle Scout's Project Honors Vets at St. Michael

Staff Writer

They gathered around the silver satin-sheened flag pole for the blessing. They assembled there at St. Michael Church to bless their new lighted flag pole and garden which had been completed by Charles Wray, a Fort Loramie high school junior, for his Eagle Scout project.

The flag pole was dedicated to all men and women who have served, those serving currently, and those who will serve in the future.

Wray’s project began last year after talking it over with St. Michael’s pastor Father Steven Shoup. Wray was looking for what he could do for his Eagle project and Fr. Shoup suggested the flag pole as something he’d really been wanting to have in front of the church. “I jumped on board and we just started working from there,” he says.

The work began on the project in June and  was completed in mid-July with the help of fellow Scouts. Wray expressed his gratitude and appreciation for all the help provided to him by his troop. “My boy scout troop was there to help. I would ask them to come  and they would show up in numbers greater than needed (for the pole and to plant the garden around it). Their help was awesome. Admiral Flag Pole from Columbus delivered the flag pole and they helped us through every detail of how to install it.”

Prior to the work beginning, Wray put together a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the parish for which the parish had been willing to contribute half of the expenses. Because of the great community turnout, Wray was able to pay for everything with a surplus of funds which Father Shoup can now use towards providing a stone for the vets in front of the pole or be given to the church.