Boy Scout Eagle Project - Westlawn Cemetery, Del Rio, Texas
By John Perez
Life Scout, Boy Scouts of America Troop 255
Del Rio, Texas
(Text and Photos Submitted by Ms. Joni Jordan, Del Rio, Texas)
May 2, 2000
On Saturday. April 22, 2000, friends, family members, scouts from Troop 255 and I completed my Boy Scout Eagle Project. My project was the renovation to the black section of the Westlawn Cemetery. My project consisted of building 15 headstones from concrete and placing brass name plates in the concrete. We also mowed, edged, and cleaned the plot. We then reseeded the area and placed flowers around the gravesites. I would not have been able to complete this project without a lot of help from the community. I would like to publicly thank the following businesses and individuals that made my project possible:
Del Rio Funeral Home, Alamo Lumber, McCoy's Building Supply Center, and Wal Mart for donating the supplies. Subway for donating lunch for the workers, Mrs. Cora Wood for the flower arrangements. Mr. Mike Schillick for use of his tiller. Mr. Ted Beamer, Mr. Ed Bledsoe, Mr. Charles Flowers, Ms. Joni Jordan, and Mr. Leroy Young for their monetary donations. The scouts and adults who worked in the hot sun to make my project a reality: Mr. Roger Ridley, Willie Ridley, Miss Debbie Thomas, Mrs. Donna Nair, James Nair, Mario Martinez, Ryan Perez, and my parents. A very special thanks to Mr. Leslie Schmidt, President of the Del Rio Cemetery Association, for allowing me to work on this project.
With their assistance we were able to fix and clean up a section of the black cemetery making it nicer for the families of the deceased and for the community.