Ringer Asks for Community Support to Improve Heroes' Memorial by Purchasing Paversby Amy Wenger on July 14, 2014
When the time came around for Eric Ringer to begin venturing along the path to achieving Eagle Scout status, he didn't have to look far to find inspiration. "I decided about six years ago, when my two older brothers were working on their Eagle Scout projects, that I wanted to do something big that would honor the military," said Ringer, who will be a junior at Bremen High School this fall. "I decided that our cemetery needed a beautiful and respectful area to hold memorials and services for our heroes."
From this realization, Ringer's idea is now coming to fruition. He is making plans to install a walkway, designed with individual pavers, at the Bremen Cemetery. A grouping of flags, including the American flag and one for each of the five branches of the military, will also be included. Ringer is hoping that through the sale of these pavers, he will be able to raise enough funds to accomplish this project over the course of the next several weeks.
Pavers will measure four by eight inches in dimension, and can be engraved with any designation of honor for those who have served in the military, the police force, or the fire department. The cost for each paver is $50.
For a project to become worthy of Eagle Scout consideration, Ringer explained, "The scout has to plan, develop, and give leadership to others. The project is evaluated on the benefit of the organization being served," which in this particular case, is the VFW, he noted. "There must also be evidence of organized planning and development. The Eagle Scout candidate is responsible for earning all the money needed for their project. They can do this through fund raising or getting donations."
The prospect of serving and saving lives is a hallowed and sacred tradition in the Ringer family. "My dad became a firemen five years ago, and his love to help others has spread to my two older brothers who also serve on the Bremen Fire Department," Ringer said. "My brother Matt also went to college for law enforcement. I help on the fire department, and as soon as I turn 18, I will be on the department. That is why I want (the project) to include fire and police. I was very young when 9/11 happened, but at that very moment, I knew how important our military people are to keeping us safe and free."
Time and finances are both of the essence in following this endeavor through to completion, Ringer emphasized, because the project needs to be finalized by his 18th birthday, which comes this fall. The finished memorial needs to be ready by September.
To offer donations to Ringer's cause, forms can be found at the Bremen VFW or the Bremen Town Hall. The Ringer family may also be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made out to "Troop 256."