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Four New Eagles Soar in Oak Lawn

Most Boy Scouts never reach the rank of Eagle Scout so it was a very special occasion when Oak Lawn Boy Scout Troop 1615 (St. Linus) held a Court of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts recently. The boys came up through the scout ranks together and wanted to achieve Eagle together as a sign of fellowship and brotherhood.

The younger scouts looked on as the four outlined their projects in front of troop officials, family and local leaders.  Justin A. Aubin designed and built a Memorial outside of the Johnson-Phelps VFW in Oak Lawn.  Daniel Vincent Kilroy’s project was a winter clothing drive for St. Benedict the African. Francis Jerome Regan’s project was an SOS Children’s Villages Book Drive.  Matthew Quin Water’s project was a collection drive of pet food and supplies for P.A.W.S.

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Among the many leaders of the troop is the Village of Oak Lawn’s Chief Building Engineer Don McKenna who has been active with the troop for many years. For him it was a very proud moment to see the boys progress from Cub Scout Tigers to proud Eagles.  Don McKenna said, “These young men have impressed me with their leadership and dedication to service in the community.  I know this is only the beginning of the great things they will achieve as they go through life.”

The troop read congratulatory letters from President Obama, Governor Rauner and others.  Village Clerk Jane Quinlan and Mayor Sandra Bury were on hand to thank the boys for their leadership and for being good citizens.  Members of the VFW also congratulated the new Eagles and thanked them for their important work.  Congratulations to them, their troop and their families!