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Boy Scout installing flagpoles for wounded veterans

Thomas O’Gorman, a Scout from Troop 271 in Harker Heights, Texas, has come up with a great idea for an Eagle Scout project.

Harker wanted to bring a special kind of recognition to veterans in his community who had been wounded in action. Now he’s in the process of installing flag poles in front of their houses.

“Today’s society is so focused and wrapped around pop stars” Thomas told local TV news station KCEN. “I want them to see the soldiers who sacrificed themselves, and are brave enough to go out on the front line to protect their freedoms and mine.”

Click here to read more about Thomas’ project.


42 Comments on Boy Scout installing flagpoles for wounded veterans

  1. scout leaders // April 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm // Reply

    Awesome project! Thank you! Our thoughts are this project fits for the community. It allows the community to be able to identify and show their appreciation for our veterans.

  2. As a wounded Viet Nam veteran I would have been overwhelmed with pride if this young man had erected a flagpole in my yard.

  3. A great Eagle Project that benefits the community and our Nation by way of bringing attention and honor to those wounded veterans who gave of themselves to both their community and our nation.

  4. scoutsupporter // April 30, 2015 at 10:06 am // Reply

    certainly serves the “community”! great Eagle Project… love it!

  5. OldTimer1964 // April 30, 2015 at 7:53 am // Reply

    “How does this fit into church, community, or school?”…Really??…Are you serious??

  6. Awesome God bless

  7. Great job

  8. my son’s Eagle project was to ace holders for flags in the new section of our national cemetery. Very proud of him.

  9. Nice job young man!!

  10. Future_Eagle_Dad // April 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    Eaglegazer I believe “community”–all of us make up a “community” and our wounded veterans who were injured fighting for our country certainly make up an important part of that community. As the above comments indicate, this young scout’s project is commendable.

  11. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. How does this fit into church, community, or school? Who signed off as the beneficiary? This is a personal individual thing. Sure recognizing the veterans is important but it doesn’t fit the criteria of an Eagle Project.

    • From one Eagle to another (hoping you are an Eagle Scout) please show respect and support to a brother.

    • Helping the community as a whole counts! Scouts can do projects that benefit individuals. We had a Scout do a backyard playground for a kid with cancer for his Eagle project and nobody had a problem with it.

    • The beneficiaries are the members of the community who see these flags. The flags serve as a reminder of every citizen’s duty to country; encourage respect for military service and are a beautiful addition to the community’s landscape.

    • assistant scoutmaster // April 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm // Reply

      You have to be kidding? Any VFW in the country would sign off on this project are the vets charging to fly a flag on these poles? Please read this centurys version of an Eagle project.

    • Eagle Dad and ASM // April 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm // Reply

      I believe the beneficiary will be each person who received a flag pole and also it’s the community as a whole.

    • Did you read the article? How does this not benefit the community? There should be a flag in every yard. The next families that live in those houses and neighborhoods can use and enjoy the flags also. What should he have done, built some stairs at a park? This is a great project.

    • BrownSeaScout // April 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm // Reply

      Would this not fit into community?

    • Just a Committee Chair // April 30, 2015 at 5:32 am // Reply

      I would consider Veterans as part of ‘community’. VFW is our sponsoring organization and without them there would be very little ‘community’.

    • How can you possibly think this doesn’t fit into the category of community?!? It’s about honoring vets in his community with recognition for serving our country. Maybe you don’t understand scouting or community. Sounds like you have a personal bias about supporting the troops. I can’t imagine anyone writing a negative comment like yours about something so wonderful this thoughtful boy did

    • Maybe he is going through a local VFW or American Legion.

  13. I Wrote This // April 21, 2015 at 9:28 pm // Reply

    Very commendable project. I applaud your respect of these American warriors. I am sure your Eagle ceremony will be one to remember… God Bless !

  14. That is awesome!!!!

  15. What a great project! I know my father was always proud of the flag pole we gave him for father’s day. He often said it was one of the best gifts we’d ever given him.

  16. What a great Eagle Project!

  17. That’s awesome

  18. badbrew1964 // April 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    Thank you Thomas!!!!

  19. Unit Commissioner // April 21, 2015 at 11:52 am // Reply

    This project should be a movement of all Eagle Scout Projects throughout the entire nation.

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