Eagle Scout project honors Fallen Heroes

Conyers_01Attending the dedication ceremony of the Fallen Heroes Memorial at Nathan Bedford Forrest High School back in February, Harrison Conyers IV thought the area around it looked rather shabby. “It was full of weeds and didn’t look so good,” he said.

Conyers decided to make the memorial his Eagle Scout project, planning a perennial garden that would lend beauty to the already striking monument. “I had to work a budget, get donations, find tools and resources,” said Conyers, a student at Lee High School. He was able to get in-kind donations from local businesses, such as Home Depot which provided the plants and Chick-fil-A which came through with breakfast sandwiches for the workers, as well as monetary donations from Sun Tire, the Navy Wives Club and from individuals like Robert Utsey.

According to Dave Seamans, president of Florida Fallen Heroes, each memorial costs $6,000 for the granite base, bronze boots, rifle and helmet. The marble plaque engraved with the school’s fallen heroes is donated by Marwan Atallah of Palmyra Marble which creates the monument. Florida Fallen Heroes has erected memorials at nine schools to date, with three more to go in Duval County, and the first one planned in Clay County at Orange Park High School.

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