Memorial Day: Scout’s honor Reply

by Carline Schwartz

Scout Chase Fulton (center) is pictured at Veterans Memorial Park in Dripping Springs, with his father and grandmother. Photo courtesy of Kerry Fulton. 

Chase Fulton is a local Life Scout with Troop 101. While his peers daydreamed about summer vacation starting next week, Fulton spent this past week at Veterans Memorial Park on the Triangle in Dripping Springs, working on his Eagle Scout project to create a picnic area near the Memorial Wall for Memorial Day.

“My grandfathers are on the Wall,” Fulton said. “They’re veterans, and we’re here to honor the veterans for their service.”

The name of Fulton’s great-grandfather, John Wetts, who served in World War I, is on the
Memorial Wall at Veterans Memorial Park. Both of his grandfathers’ names – Thomas Fulton and Henry Bowman – are also on the Wall.

Kerry Fulton, Chase’s father and a committee member for Troop 101, said the park project will include ADA-compliant gravel pits with picnic tables under a tree.

“Chase has roughly 120 hours now in writing up his project and meeting with people,” Kerry said of his son. “He’s had to go back and redraw his plans based upon what adult leaders have told him. He’s never done a project like this before, not anything close to this, so he’s learned a lot about putting an idea together.”

Chase’s project has consisted of removing rocks, clearing debris, trimming tree limbs and building a rock wall. He plans to add picnic tables, park benches, commercial-grade garbage cans and recycling containers.

Kerry said Chase has been working on the project for 18 months. He said Chase made presentations to various organizations and entities in the community to generate funds for the project.

“He’s going to have over 200 hours on this project when it’s finished,” Kerry said. “He raised every dollar on his own. I haven’t contributed any money to his project. He raised about $2,100 and he’s probably going to have to raise a little more to finish it.”

Chase Fulton paints a picnic table as part of his Eagle Scout project at Veterans Memorial Park.

Kerry said he believes the site could be ready to use as soon as this weekend.

“I’m real proud of him for not giving up,” Kerry said. “At times he got frustrated, again he’s been working on it for 18 months. While a lot of kids have been sleeping in on weekends or playing video games, Chase has been out there pounding the streets.”

Residents are invited to contact the VFW Post 2933 in Dripping Springs, to purchase name placement for veterans in their families – living or deceased – on the Memorial Wall. Veterans do not need to be residents.

Memorial Day Weekend Event at the Triangle

On Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day – the Dripping Springs American Legion Post 290 and VFW Post 2933 will present a Memorial Day Program at the Memorial Flagpole on the Dripping Springs Triangle (Hwy. 290 at Ranch Road 12) from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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