Respect and remembrance: Eagle Scout project plants memorial

Joshua Davis

Memorials, objects that serve to remind of a person or event, have been erected for various people, occasions and organizations from the Haymarket Martyr Memorial to the National September 11th Memorial & Museum. Memorials serve a much-needed function for citizens to remember and, therefore, live with a greater passion. The Big Thicket is now host to one of these remembrances thanks to Joshua Davis, West Brook freshman. Davis, who has recently risen to the rank of Eagle Scout, planned and executed a memorial planting for his late father, Keith Davis, as his Eagle Scout project, which is a requirement all Life Scouts must complete before rising to the highest rank in the century-old organization.

The Keith E. Davis Memorial Planting consists of 2000 long leaf pine saplings planted in the Big Sandy Creek Unit of the Big Thicket on Dec. 9. These saplings are not only a boon for the environment, but they also serve as a perfect remembrance of Keith Davis, a noted outdoorsman and scout leader.

The project not only demanded hard work but coordination and planning as well. With the destination of the memorial planting being over an hour away from Beaumont, Joshua Davis had to utilize social and leadership skills to gather a team of dedicated individuals and guide them to see the project to fruition.

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