By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
— RIVERSIDE - After more than 300 hours of work and approximately $6700 dollars, Boy Scout Chris Morgan has completed his Eagle project honoring armed forces members.
The project consists of seven flag poles arranged around Riverside’s war memorial, located by the borough office building. Each pole will fly a different flag, one for the American flag, one for a POW/MIA flag and flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
Chris officially turned the flags over to the borough at a short ceremony held May 13 at 6 p.m. About 25 people were in attendance, including members of Chris’ troop, Boy Scout Troop 33, his family, council members and firefighters from Southside Fire Company.
The flags were raised by the first time by Chris, Riverside’s mayor Dale Erb, members of Southside Fire Company and Chris’ fellow scouts from Troop 33.
“It’s a great relief,” said Chris, of the project’s completion. “It gave me more self-confidence in what I could do. Never in a million years did I think it would turn out like this.”
The area by the war memorial has traditionally served as a site for Memorial Day services for the community and scout troop. Previously, scout troop members would have to bring and set up a flag pole in a cement-filled tire to have a flag close enough for ceremonies, said Erb. Chris’ project will thankfully eliminate that extra work.
“I think it’s just outstanding,” said Erb. “Everyone on council is just thrilled.”
“We’re very proud of Chris and his accomplishments,” said council member John LaMotte, who, along with his 8-year old son, Jacob, helped dig holes for the flag poles.
Chris and his volunteers, including friends, family, troop members and local residents, spent about six weekends digging out bases for the flag poles and installing them. The project was finally completed on May 6.
Donations came 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.
Materials were donated by Dan-Ber Concrete of Danville, Quikrete of Elysburg and Friedman Electric of Bloomsburg. Businesses that supplied discounted materials were Merrell’s Nursery of Danville and two Mount Carmel businesses, Paterson Block and Landscape Services.
“It means a lot to me to have this much support for my project,” said Chris.
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