PROVO, UT – People gathered yesterday in the Provo cemetery to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and witness the unveiling of a new monument.
The statue is part of an Eagle Scout project by 17-year-old Aaron Rittmanic. He said he visited the cemetery in past years to visit deceased family members and noticed that the memorial looked “almost empty” on top. In response, Rittmanic led the effort to place a bronze monument on top of the monument.
“So we decided that the best way to honor the veterans was to provide it with something it didn’t have, and that was the eagle we provided today,” Rittmanic stated as he stood in front of the memorial. “We hope that that would give us the best chance at showing our respect and honor for them.”
The memorial ceremony included a keynote address by Freedom Festival trustee Steve Shallenberger. Timpview High School marching band performed, while Provo Police provided a 21-Gun Salute. Attendees lingered afterwards to admire the new statue and honor those who are currently serving.
Rittmanic hopes this project will inspire future Eagle Scouts to do service that makes a difference in their communities.
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