A local Boy Scout, Sam Miller, lead a heartwarming Eagle Scout Project to erect a flagpole to memorialize all veterans. The pole and surrounding area at Bushkill Township’s Recreation Ball Fields have been named “Veteran’s Flagpole”.
The project began last fall when Sam starting working with the township. The efforts of parents and scouts of Boy Scout Troop 74 of Bushkill Township along with other local residents and businesses helped make the project possible. Among those contributors was Paul Luongo, of MNB Investment Services, who personally donated $500, which was matched by Merchants Bank. Paul alerted bank CEO, Anthony J. Biondi, of the need for funding and Anthony immediately agreed to help: “Merchants Bank is elated to support the Veteran’s Flagpole, as we’re not only helping to memorialize those who selflessly serve and have served our country, we’re also encouraging community service in our young leaders.”
Sam Miller spoke at the ceremony, expressing gratitude to our veterans, as the Scouts of Troop 74 raised the flag for the first time at the Memorial Day dedication. Boy Scout Troop 44, local residents, township officials and other supporters including State Representative Marsha Hahn and Congressmen Charlie Dent also attended the event. Paul Luongo also attended the flag-raising and was touched by the efforts of Sam and his fellow scouts: “Sam is a dedicated and driven young man. It was an honor to support this project.”
Sam recently reflected on the completed memorial, “I’m extremely pleased that we were able to help both the township and our local veterans. The project provided the perfect opportunity to bring different people and groups together to support our community and honor the men and women who served our country.” The $1,000 donated by Merchants Bank and Paul Luongo helped defer the cost of purchasing the flagpole.
Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank. Merchants operates two offices in Bangor, PA, with additional offices located in Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Martins Creek, Easton, Forks Township, and Nazareth. MNB Investment Services is a division of the Bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. More information can be accessed at www.merchantsbangor.com.