Justin Hall was looking for a service project, and when his father joined the American Legion, Post 139, in Milton, W.V., he asked if there was anything the veterans needed?
Fast-forward to 270-volunteer-hours later, Justin’s service project resulted in a tribute to all five military service branches and a place of remembrance for POW/MIAs.
“This is a wonderful tribute that will be used for years to come,” said mom Susan Hall.
The front of Post 139 is now adorned with the five wooden benches with black silhouettes behind them that represent the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The POW/MIA bench has a silhouette of a rifle, helmet and boots.
Individually painted in black on the service branch benches are the words “Post, 139, Post, 139, USA.” The POW/MIA bench has an engraved plaque on top.
“It feels great that I was able to do this for the veterans,” said Justin, who is a rising senior at Winfield High School.
To complete the project, the Hall’s living and dining room became the construction site to build the wooden benches and silhouettes. Justin had help from family members and his Scout troop, building the benches from on-hand lumber that Justin’s grandfather donated. The silhouettes were traced from a projector and cut out of plywood.
“It’s a recognition of all that we have done in the military. It’s an outstanding job. All the members are impressed by it,” said Post 139 Commander Wayne Legg.
City National Bank, Susan’s employer replaced the flags outside the post – the American, POW/MIA and West Virginia state flags and they provided mulch for the flower bed that is behind the benches.
“I think the project turned out great. We feel very, very proud of Justin. And Wayne supported all of the decisions that Justin wanted to do and was very appreciative throughout the whole process,” Susan said.
Legg said the Eagle Scout project “added to the attractiveness of the post. It’s something that we can use as a selling point for new members.”
Susan is in agreement and hopes that Justin’s project helps the post “get new members and help veterans have a community.”
The Hall family has a long line of service to our nation. Both of his parents are proud of the service project that Justin and his Boy Scout troop completed.
Justin’s mom, Susan shared that Justin’s father and grandfather served in the Navy, while Susan’s father served in the Marine Corps.