Hopeful Eagle Scout Candidate Refurbishes WWI Memorial in Somerville

By Rod Hirsch
via the TAP into Sommerville (NJ) web site 

eaglescoutprojectpaintingmonumentAlex Cleveland and Boy SCouts from Troop 83 in Sommerville at work refurbishing the World War I Memorial at the intersection of East High Street and Culver Street.SOMERVILLE, NJ - Alex Cleveland is following in the footsteps of his father, Larry, who became an Eagle Scout in 1984, and his brother, who earned his Eagle badge in 2017.

"I am hoping to continue the legacy," he said in the midst of his Eagle Scout Community Service project which he completed last month in time for Thursday's Nov. 11 observation of Veterans' Day.

One of the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award is to coordinate and complete a public service project from start to finish that will benefit the community. Fewer than one percent of those who join the Boy Scouts earn the Eagle badge.

Alex chose to refurbish the borough's World War I Memorial, which was erected 1931 by American Legion, John R. Stevenson Post No. 12 at the intersection of East High Street and Culver Street in a pocket park.

The cast bronze plaques affixed to the Art Deco styled monolith had tarnished over the years turning a deep greenish gray metallic color, but the raised names of those from Somerville who served in Europe during World War I - between 1917 and 1919 - are still easy to read

With an assist from members of Somerville Scout Troop 83, Alex scraped and painted the 90-year-old concrete monument, painted the concrete surface around the monument, cleaned the plaques and planted some shrubs alongside the pathway leading to the memorial

The inscription on the Honor Roll plaque reads:

"In commemoration of those from Somerville New Jersey who served their country in the World War. 1917 - 1919. To the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13"

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