Updated: 07/10/2014 11:00 PM
Created: 07/10/2014 10:58 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- A young Boy Scout in Austin has taken it upon himself to help honor our nation's veterans by designing a project that will give vets a more prominent place in the community.
For his Eagle Scout project, 13-year-old Sam Hagan is working to raise $6,000 to install a fallen soldier memorial behind the Austin VFW Post #1216.
The statue will be surrounded by a 16-by-16 foot flower garden, and Hagan said he came up with the idea as a way to not only honor soldiers everywhere, but also his own family.
"I wanted to start this because my great-grandfather was in World War I and my grandfather was in World War II,” Hagan said. “I actually never got to meet either of them, so I wanted others to remember their lost."
The memorial construction will coincide with a VFW renovation project that will refurbish the outside of the building and install windows in the front.
The building was last updated in 1973, and the memorial will use bricks from the renovation as a base.
Hagan said he and other scouts will do the actual construction of the memorial, and he hopes it will serve as a reminder about the sacrifices made by our soldiers.
"Every time anybody drives past this, I want them to remember past soldiers that fought in wars and current soldiers that fight in the wars,” Hagan said.
Hagan is no stranger to fundraisers, bringing in over $30,000 for the Boy Scouts through popcorn sales the past few years.
At last check, he was well on his way to meeting his goal, but if you would like to contribute, you can e-mail Hagan at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org