Goshen Boy Scout Alex Dziech has relocated and upgraded a memorial garden at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Milford.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Dziech, 14, called the Faith Evangelical Church and inquired about any work that needed to be done in order to complete a leadership project to become an Eagle Scout.
He was told by church member John Truesdale that the existing memorial garden had become inaccessible to people due to ongoing construction on the church grounds and needed to be moved to a more convenient location.
The Dziech family, including parents Dennis and Kathy, and brother Jesse, are active members of the church and were thrilled that they had a project for him to complete.
Dziech, who has been a member of the Boy Scout Troop #53 from Murdoch (near Goshen) since the age of 11, has spent the last two weeks moving the existing memorial garden into its new location.
"I hope that the new location makes it easier for people to come and reflect while remembering their departed loved ones," he said. "That thought has been very important to me while I have been working on it."
After moving the memorial garden to its new church location, Dziech planted new trees and flowers, which were donated by Grant's Garden Center and Thornton's Nursery, put down fresh mulch, and then spent some time in detailing the surrounding landscape.
Dziech, who plays the baritone trumpet and participates in many other extracurriculars activities, said that the best thing about being a boy scout are the activities, like the church memorial garden project he is currently working on right now.
"Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest ranking that one can get," he said. "I have long dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout. It has taught me how to lead other people in a responsible way and has showed me ways to inspire and motivate others for the good of the community."
His father, Dennis Dziech, said that he and his wife Kathy were proud of the way that their son took the initiative on the Eagle Scout project and made things happen all on his own in regards to this "neat" idea of the memorial garden project.
"When the wife of one of the men who is buried in the memorial garden found out about what Alex was doing, she told us how appropriate it was because her husband, who is named William Konold (1926-1993), loved the boy scouts and worked with boy scout groups all of his life," Dennis said.
Alex Dziech plans on attending college after he graduates from high school and hopes to one day become an engineer.