FAIRMONT — Ben Singleton is doing his part to honor Korean War veterans.
The 16-year-old is helping the Marion County Korean War Memorial at East Marion Park in Fairmont come to life as part of his Eagle Scout project.
On Saturday, he was digging holes and pouring concrete for the setting of flag poles at the memorial.
He wanted to do his part to complete it.
“I think we should honor those who served our country in every capacity we can,” he said.
Singleton, who will be a junior this fall at East Fairmont High School, is from Boy Scout Troop 7 at Valley Chapel in Pleasant Valley.
Various flags, such as the American flag, the state flag, the county flag, the POW/MIA flag and the 201st Field Artillery Regiment, will be represented at the Korean War Memorial.
Also, flags representing the five armed service branches will be flown.
Singleton’s father, Rick, was proud of his son’s effort.
“It’s a great project,” he said. “I’m proud of him for why he picked it. It’s for a good cause.”
He said his son may do some other work at the memorial, such as putting in river rock or planting grass seed.
Marion County resident and veteran Columbus Carpenter, a continuous member of the troop, and the Marion County Korean War Memorial Foundation have been working on the memorial.
According to a previously published Times West Virginian article, the memorial will honor the 27 soldiers of Marion County who gave their lives while serving in the Korean War.