Thursday, April 5, 2012

Voices from the Front

Kyle has been working so hard on his Eagle Scout project, it has become almost like a part time job, sometimes full time. But he is loving every minute of it! He is promoting his website and gathering as many veterans stories as possible. He is organizing a team of volunteers who are helping him interview, write, and edit the interviews and getting them posted to his website. It is quite an undertaking but one he really believes in. Last week at Boy Scouts the Columbus Dispatch photographer came and took his picture for an article that they were doing on Kyle's project. The reporter has been so supportive of Kyle's relationship with the veterans and has been a great help in getting him publicity.
We are so proud of the work Kyle is doing. Once again I am humbled to be his mom.

At the end of the week, after this article was published the following editorial appeared. It totally took us by surprise, how neat that was for him!
From the Columbus Dispatch, Friday -

ONE REQUIREMENT for Boy Scouts wishing to reach the highest rank of Eagle Scout is to plan, develop and provide leadership in a project that will benefit a religious institution, a school or a community.
Many scouts opt for practical projects such as building bird houses for a park or installing playground equipment, and those are worthwhile. But 15-year-old Kyle Miller of Pickerington has devised a more-weighty project.
Kyle plans to interview 1,000 veterans of World War II and the Korean War, and he will preserve their stories on the website, “so that their experiences, their memories, and their deeds can be heard even after the men have passed on.”
Indeed, hundreds of veterans of the Korean War and World War II die every day. Kyle knows this —he’s delivered eulogies at two funerals for veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
These members of what has been dubbed The Greatest Generation have stories that the rest of us can learn from — stories that might be lost to history, if not for a 15-year-old Pickerington boy willing to take the time to listen.

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