For his Eagle Scout project, Hayden Evon gave back to the place where his grandparents are buried.
Evon was immediately interested in donating his project to Fort Sill National Cemetery and originally intended to repair several flower beds and baskets at the cemetery. His plan changed after talking to Bruce Dwyer, the cemetery superintendent.
“He said what they really needed was a pamphlet,” Evon said.
Evon has designed a new brochure for the cemetery, with names and information on many different people buried there. He said the hardest part of the process was finding information about POWs and soldiers killed in action buried at the cemetery.
Evon also built a new stand for the brochures he designed, out of pressed cedar.
“They said they didn’t really need it,” Evon said. “But I said I would do it for them anyway.”
Evon and the other scouts he guided to create the brochure did different types of work for the project, taking photos at the cemetery, doing research and even asking a friend with a background in design to create parts of Brochure.
He also plans to do the work he originally intended to do, repairing some of the cemetery’s spring flowerbeds. He said he had made a spreadsheet of various types of flowers he thought appropriate, including poppies, Indian paintbrushes and various red, white or blue colored flowers.
Evon said Dwyer and the rest of the cemetery staff were delighted with the work he and the other scouts had done.
“They were really happy and they were really ready for whatever I wanted to do,” Evon said.
The project was also an important lesson for Evon. He said he had visited several cemeteries and had always been very interested in the graves of famous people. After creating the new brochure, he said he has a greater appreciation for less-visited graves, especially in military cemeteries.
“It’s a project where I learned a lot more than I expected,” Evon said.