Eagle Scouts Zachary Taylor and Christopher Taylor of Boy Scout Troop 340 were honored with the 2011 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award, given by the Governor’s Council on Veterans Affairs.
They were recognized for their Eagle Scout projects at the Washington state Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. The boys each raised more than $6,000 for their projects through donations from Spokane Rotary 21, Greenacres Nursery, area veterans groups, Five Star Concrete and individual donors.
Zachary, a sophomore at Ferris High School, created a scattering garden development project which entailed purchasing an engraved granite stone, which pays tribute to the veterans who have their ashes scattered at the Washington state Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. He also developed a garden with a walkway, plants and trees.
Christopher’s Eagle Scout project, the Honor Guard Walkway, allows the honor guard members to walk up the hill from their assembly area to the chapel area during the funeral processions. For the project, he constructed a 6-foot wide cement stairway/walkway, which has provided a safer, more direct and formal path for honor guard members. Christopher is a freshman at Ferris.