The park features the Veterans Tribute Tower, a memorial plaza and an old Army tank, but flags representing the military branches have never flown above the park.
Through his Eagle Scout project, Prybal set out to change that.
The Green Township teen, who is entering his senior year at La Salle High School, recently completed the installation of six flagpoles at the park’s memorial plaza. The poles fly the flags of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marines.
“When I was doing my merit badge for lifesaving, I was talking to my merit badge counselor about what I should to for my Eagle Scout project and he said I should do something that inspires me,” said Prybal, a member of Boy Scout Troop 850 at St. Ignatius Church.
“I’ve been considering going into the Marines, so I thought it would be a good idea to raise the flags of all the different military branches for the veterans.”
He received donations from family members to purchase the poles and flags, and said he led a team of nine people to install them at the park. After the poles were erected, Prybal and his crew finished the project by putting down new mulch.
A total of 99.5 volunteer hours were put into the project, he said.
“It felt pretty good to finish it,” he said. “I think a lot of veterans who see it will be proud.”
Patricia Prybal, Trey’s mother, said she and her husband couldn’t be happier their son accomplished his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.
“We’re very proud of him for sticking with it and doing such a nice job,” she said. “His project looks so nice. We’re happy he finished it.”
Trey said he realized he chose the right project for his Eagle Scout the day he was at the park laying mulch.
As they were spreading the mulch around, he said a little girl, clutching a small American flag and walking alongside her mother, approached him.
The girl asked if she could place her flag at the base of the pole flying the Marine Corps flag in honor of her father who is serving in the Marines.
He told her she certainly could. “It was a moving moment,” he said.
Prybal, who plays lacrosse and swims for La Salle and is also a member of the school’s Signum Fidei leadership organization, said he’s been involved in scouting since the first grade and he’s glad he completed his goal of earning the Boy Scouts’ highest honor.
“There was a lot of stress at times, but it feels good to finish it,” he said. “I had a lot of motivation to see it through.”
He expects to receive the rank of Eagle Scout during a court of honor ceremony sometime this August.
VFW RIDING IN FIRST CAR SHOW
Written by: Jennie Key on Cincinnati.com
Green Township VFW Post 10380 is sponsoring its first car show, and organizers hope it’s the start of a successful fundraiser.
The Cars and Courage show will be from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the north parking lot of the Rave Theater, 5870 Harrison Ave. Free admission to spectators.
Post Commander Mike Donnelly said the show will award top 40 People’s Choice awards and a number of car clubs are planning to attend. One, a Volkswagen club, will likely bring 150 cars, he said. His son-in-law Mark Bechtold, an owner of Eurofixx, a repairshop in Anderson, is helping Donnelly pull the show together. “We expect there will be a lot of cars there,” he said.
You can find information at www.vfw10380.org and click on events or on the post’s Facebook page.
There is still in room in the show. Cost is $10. In addition, organizers still have some sponsor and vendor spots open. Those interested in sponsoring or selling their products and services at the show, should send an email to email@example.com. Organizers are also accepting donations of products/services for raffles during the car show and potential donors can send an email to the same address.
Donnelly said the VFW Post is raising money for it’s main activity: helping veterans.
The post doesn’toperate a bar or a clubhouse, he said. All its revenue goes back to helping veterans. “We make donations to the VA Hospital and we also donate to homeless veterans and work with Wounded Warriors,” he said.
The post’s work alsoincludes helping veterans learn about and apply for the benefits to which theyare entitled.
“You would be surprised how many veterans don’t know about the benefits they could be receiving,” Donnelly said. “It’s a damn shame.”
When they meet
VFW Post 10380 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Nathaniel Green Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road.