MILLBURN, NJ - For two long-time boys scouts in Millburn, the projects they seek to undertake will net them the highest award they can earn in their organization.
Scouts Gabriel Liwschitz and Colin Woros of Troop 17 are both going for their Eagle Scout rank, and each of the scouts has chosen to undertake a service project. Both presented in front of the township committee on Tuesday night and laid out their plans.
For Woros, his plan is to create banners to honor the veterans of Millburn's past. Woros will look to order some 40 double-sided banners (coming out to 80 individual spots), which will be hung around the downtown in May for Memorial Day, and November, for Veterans Day. For his project, Woros is looking for applications.
As he noted, there are several things that need to be done before each veteran can be included. interested applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than April 19 with the following information:
- A JPEG picture of the Veteran (preferably a headshot in uniform)
- Name, Rank, and Branch of Service of the Veteran
- Conflict Served or Years of Service
- Whether the Veteran was KIA
- If available please submit a DD -214 form
If residents do not have a person that they would like to honor but would still like to contribute, Woros is holding a GoFundme, which can be donated to by clicking here.
When asked about his project, Woros said that he was doing it to honor the veterans who may otherwise not receive proper recognition for their service.
"It feels very good honesty," Woros said. "Because it feels very good to just give back to the veterans who may not be memorialized or even recognized. It's very important to me that we recognize and memorialize them so that all of their contributions are known."
For his project, Liwschitz is undertaking a slightly different plan. He will be working to fix up the gazebo and neighboring weather shelter located in the rose garden area of Taylor Park. As Liwschitz noted, the area is in need of repair.
Liwschitz estimates that the work will be done in time for Memorial Day celebrations.
When asked why he picked the project, Liwschitz said he wanted to choose something that would be a major benefit back to the township.
"It means a great deal to me," he said. "Someone donated [the gazebo] a while ago. It took a lot of their money and time to donate something. And to donate it back to the community, it takes a great deal of effort to do that, and I feel that redoing [the gazebo] pays back to the community in a way."