NVHS Honor Garden

For the past year, Neuqua Valley sophomore, Ethan Koska, has anticipated the day he would publically dedicate his Eagle Scout Project, a Veterans Honor Garden on the grounds of his high school.

Koska’s dream of becoming a Navy SEAL one day influenced his choice of project.

“I wanted to do a military orientated Eagle Scout Project, so I decided to do one that honored Neuqua alumni who when on to serve,” explained Koska.

The original idea was to honor those NVHS alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but as Koska explained, “there has only been one KIA from Neuqua so I grew it to encompass all of Neuqua alumni who serve or have served.”

Once the idea was in place Ethan earned $5,000 to fund the garden including a $1,000 donation from Operation Welcome You Home for limestone markers representing the five military branches.

And on Sunday it was finally ready to be dedicated in honor of Veterans Day.

Members of the public along with fellow scouts, elected officials, and members of Operation Welcome your Home gathered to celebrate the completion of the garden, as well as say thank-you to a group of veterans in attendance for their service.

Instead of leaving his own legacy at the school, Koska told me he hopes the garden makes all who visit think about those who made personal sacrifices to protect this country.

“I hope kids that go there are reminded those in the line of duty and are inspired to join the military and defend this country,” said Koska.

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