By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
RIVERSIDE — A new Eagle Scout thanks Riverside Borough Council for helping him achieve the highest rank in Scouting.
Chris Morgan, a Danville High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 33, constructed a memorial to armed service members this May with help from local groups, including the borough and numerous donors. The memorial, located outside of Riverside’s borough office, is comprised of a plaque and seven raised flags, one for each branch of the armed services, the American flag and a POW/MIA flag.
During Monday’s council meeting, Chris presented the board with a commemorative plaque to thank them for the time and effort they put into helping with the project. “I thank all of you for your unending support,” he told them.
“We’re certainly very appreciative of all your efforts,” responded council president Peter Fleming, accepting the plaque.
Other major donors that received plaques from Chris include the Southside Fire Company, the Danville VFW, the Danville American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion.
Chris held a special ceremony at the memorial Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day. Project donors and members of the Danville American Legion, Danville VFW and Sons of the American Legion attended.
Chris was officially named an Eagle Scout at an August ceremony.
Chris also presented the council with a check for approximately $341, which was leftover funds not used for his Eagle project.
The council agreed to put the money aside to use for a maintenance fund for the memorial in the event they need to make repairs or buy more flags.
The project cost about $6,700, with donations collected from private citizens of Riverside and Danville as well as local groups such as Danville American Legion Post 40, Danville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 298, Danville Sons of the American Legion and Southside Fire Company.
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