By Lisa Capobianco
A local Boy Scout is honoring wounded military members through his Eagle Scout project along a portion of Rails to Trails.
Andrew Krar, senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 45 at St. Paul’s Church in Southington, has prepared to move forward in building a pavilion dedicated to the Wounded Warrior Project on the linear trail about 100 feet from the dog park. The Southington Town Council recently voted to approve the project to move forward on town-owned property.
Once completed, the 8 by 10-foot pavilion will be used for recreational purposes.
“The project will be useful for people to enjoy,” Andrew told council members.
A boy scout for nearly four years, the eighth grader attends the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, with the hope of joining the U.S. Army.
During a recent Town Council meeting, Andrew said he chose to honor the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides a variety of programs for veterans or service members with a physical or mental injury, illness or wound after serving on or after September 11, 2001 and their families, reported the service organization’s website. The service organization has grown into a complete rehabilitative initiative to help soldiers transition back into civilian life, according to the Wounded Warrior’s website.
“I aspire to attend West Point and to be in the Army,” said Andrew, who shared the details and engineering drawings of the project with council members.
Krar spent time not only planning and designing the project, but also worked with other town officials, including the Parks and Recreation Department, which approved the plan in February. Andrew plans to raise at least $5,000 for the project, which he expects to begin in late July or early August. As a fundraiser, Andrew said he plans to sell memorialized bricks to place around the pavilion. He will also look for volunteers to help with the construction. Any additional funds raised will be used to add to other features to the pavilion, such as a flag pole.
The fundraising will begin after the Connecticut Yankee Council reviews and approves the project, followed by approval from the Boy Scout Council.
“For me, to dedicate it to the Wounded Warriors Project means a lot,” said Andrew. “It is finally a chance for me to give back to those who served.”
Council members voted unanimously in approval of the eagle scout’s project, commending Andrew for his dedication and commitment to building a pavilion that would not only benefit the town but also honor wounded veterans.
“It’s going to be a wonderful building that reminds us of our wounded warriors, and also is a great asset to the town,” Town Councilor Cheryl Lounsbury said to Andrew during the meeting.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Andrew Krar at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-628-0520.