Eagle Scout Makes Veterans Day Extra Special

Eagle Scout Makes Veterans Day Extra Special
By: Carly O'Keefe
CHRISTOPHER Ill. - It was a very special Veteran's Day for the town of Christopher, Illinois, and for one Boy Scout.
Two years ago, then 15-year-old Nick Webb set out to earn his Eagle Scout rank by taking on a community service project.  Now at 17 years old, Webb is an Eagle Scout and has left a lasting legacy to honor area veterans for many years to come.
Nick started with the existing veteran's memorial that had fallen into disrepair and was nearly covered by foliage.  He turned it into a showplace Christopher and all veterans can be proud of.
"This monument was in disrepair and it had to be improved and a little more respect paid to the men whose names are on that wall," said Scout Master Chris Webb, Nick's father.
Between donations and a $7500 state grant, Nick raised $15,000.  Nick, his dad and members of Scout Troop #156 poured a concrete walkway, built a brick courtyard and installed several new flag poles and benches.
"When you go out there now, you have somewhere to walk instead of walking in the mud," Nick said.
Sunday, nearly 80 years to the day after it was first dedicated, a crowd gathered to re-commemorate the veteran's memorial, and Nick's hard work paid off.
"I was battered and bruised all through this, but I think it turned out pretty great," said Nick.
In addition to his Eagle Scout rank, Nick also earned his stripes so-to-speak among local veterans.
"This day in age, to find a young man who is so ambitious is few and far between.  We have a lot of respect for him," said Christopher American Legion Vice Commander Ivan Davis.
American Legion members said Sunday's re-dedication ceremony was the largest turnout they've seen for a Veterans Day tribute in decades.  Usually only about 10 to 15 folks show up for the annual event.  This year, there were at least 50 to 60 people in attendance.