BRONXVILLE N.Y. - Bronxville High School senior William Tarry raised more than $1,000 Memorial Day for his Boy Scouts project to help the Bronxville Veterans Memorial find a permanent home.
When Tarry, 17, thought about what to do for his Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Service Project, an essential service project that earns a scout an Eagle Rank, he remembered being told that the Library of Congress was interviewing war veterans and decided to localize the effort. The project, which started in March and consisted of interviewing local war veterans, organizing the Bronxville Veterans Memorial and raising money to help find it a permanent location to be displayed.
The Bronxville Veterans Memorial is a laminated scroll with the names of about 1,500 veterans from Bronxville on it, said Tarry. Because the memorial isn't on permanent display anywhere, however, Tarry thought he could help it find a home with a large enough donation.
"I've collected nine interviews with the help of some of my fellow scouts," said Tarry. "I also helped organize the Veterans Memorial’s records by submitting material to the National Archives. The end goal was to raise enough money to make a difference. I was thinking about the possibility of displaying the memorial in the library’s history room. Somewhere where anyone could go and see it."
To achieve his goal, Tarry organized a fundraiser Memorial Day selling American flag pins for $5. Many scouts came out and helped with the effort, he said, and residents were generous with their donations. Tarry appeared at the October Bronxville Board of Trustees Meeting to present Bronxville Mayor Marvin with a check for $1,000 to go toward the Veterans Memorial.
"This has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said Tarry. "There's a pretty big disconnect with what we think a hero is, and what these veterans, these actual heroes think of themselves. These people are actually very modest of what they've done in their life. I'm so glad and proud to have gotten the chance to meet these great people, and to have served them."