Area Vietnam veterans now have their own memorial at Memorial Park in St. Marys.
Matthew Quesenberry Jr., a student at St. Marys Area High School and a member of Troop 199, completed his Eagle Scout project just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.
Quesenberry was given a few minutes to address the crowd during Monday morning's Memorial Day ceremony, and briefly recounted his inspiration for the project.
"On a trip to a World War II museum in Eldred, I realized what I wanted to do for an Eagle Scout project. The gentleman who showed us the museum stressed the importance of thanking veterans daily. I began to do this, and slowly uncovered the Vietnam story," Quesenberry said. "Many of the veterans whom I approached turned out to have served in Vietnam and the impact it had on them was tremendous."
From start to finish, the project took Quesenberry roughly a year. The monument was installed last Wednesday and the landscaping was completed the following day.