PLEASANT MOUNT – Community and patriotism come together as the Pleasant Mount Community Center puts on their annual Christmas in the Village. Nearby at Meredith Park, there will be a dedication of a veterans memorial created by an Eagle Scout and generous community members. All this holiday cheer and more takes place on December 3rd.
Pride, patriotism and community service are the hallmarks of the Boy Scouts, and how better to see that than through the efforts expressed through the Eagle Scout Project.
At 11:30 a.m. on December 3rd in Meredith Park, Ian Bailey, a local Life Scout of Boy Scout Troop 407 will be presenting his Eagle Scout project. He has designed a memorial dedicated in honor of veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Merchant Marines Air Force and Coast Guard.
This project came together thanks to a number of people who took interest. Ian Bailey has been working on this project since April of this year.
“I have a couple friends who have relatives in the Army,” said Bailey. “A couple I know died in action.”
Bailey was inspired by the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C and American Legion Tim Hall to create the monument. He asked friends who lost family members to get their perspective on the monument idea. They loved it.
Bailey wanted to have a visual symbol to show visiting veterans to the area that they are appreciated.
The project received the blue stone for the monument from the quarry of Ed Jonas in Cold Spring, PA. The donation is 1000s of dollars worth of solid stone. There are several pieces weighing thousands of pounds.
Another local quarry owned by Justin Meade was in charge of polishing and cutting to length.
Martin Caufield Memorial Works in Honesdale did the engraving.
Joe Ciecorka, Jim Dixon and Phil Monahan also contributed to the project.
Bailey's work was cut out for him, by doing the prep for the stone and designing the decals that would eventually become the engraved writing on the stones.
With the assistance of his fellow Boy Scouts, Bailey dug and poured the concrete foundation where the four separate stones would be placed. The Boy Scouts are involved in every Eagle Scout project that takes place, giving them the experience they'll eventually need to spearhead their own community work.
Bailey originally wanted to list and honor all Pleasant Mount veterans, but when he found there were four hundred names and an unknown number of names missing from the list, he decided to dedicate the monument to all veterans nationwide.
The memorial features three large pieces. The left side thanks the men and the women who devoted themselves to service for the county. The right said states: “This monument is dedicated to all veterans, past, present and future. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
The monument displays symbols representing the different branches of service as well as POW/MIA.
Legion Posts from Pleasant Mount and Simpson as well as a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post from Simpson will attend, colors in tow, to attend the dedication at 11:30 a.m.
Christmas in the Village
Inside the Pleasant Mount Community Center, located in the historic school at 377 Great Bend Turnpike in Pleasant Mount PA, Christmas in the Village will be in full swing.
This event has been a very popular attraction in the Pleasant Mount area for almost 10 years, second only to their famous 4th of July parade.
Bill Woodward, Chairman of the Pleasant Mount Community Center Board, said there will be hundreds in attendance.
The hallway, as you walk in, will have several tables of various raffles. The Boy Scouts will be selling raffle tickets to help fund their trip and the quilters who meet at the Pleasant Mount Public Library will raffle one of their quilts. There will also be basket raffles to raise money for the community center.
In the kitchen of the community center, there will be a chili and soup cook-off. The winner is presented with the golden ladle.
The kitchen will feature snacks, sandwiches and drinks including coffee and tea all free of charge.
The gym will feature 25 to 30 tables of crafters displaying homemade and handcrafted items, from soap, candles and perfume to painted saw blades.
This is also a fun time for the kids, as Santa Claus will visit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Nearby at the library, there will be a book sale and a bake sale taking place.
There will be plenty to do and see in Pleasant Mount this Saturday to kick off the holiday season.