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Capitol Notebook: A Column By Congressman Pat Tiberi

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Washington, November 16, 2007 | comments
 This past Veterans Day, like many of you, I attended events honoring our nation’s veterans, including a rededication of the Veterans Memorial in Pataskala. I am always inspired by the patriotism and humbled by our service men and women, past and present. But on this November 11th, they shared the stage with a very special student whose commitment to honor the area’s veterans was equally moving.

Zach Grove of Pataskala is a Boy Scout who approximately two years ago noticed the Pataskala Veterans Memorial had fallen into disrepair and decided to make refurbishing it his Eagle Scout project. Becoming an Eagle Scout takes tremendous work, and only a few attain the rank.

Over the course of the project, Zach raised $15,000 and inspired local businesses and residents to donate supplies and labor to refurbish the community’s memorial. Zach completed his project in time for Veterans Day, and I joined veterans and residents there for the rededication. Although the weather was dreary, our spirits were bright because Zach, through his hard work showed us that he is humble, dedicated and patriotic. Everyone at the event was moved by the beauty of the new memorial and Zach's desire to give his community and its veterans a renewed sense of pride.

I am grateful to Zach for tackling such a huge task and successfully seeing it through to completion. His sincere desire to honor our veterans and improve our community through a lot of hard work, over an extended period represents the best of our community’s values.

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