Eagle Scout alumnus honored with award

Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion Post Cmdr. Robert Gates presents Nick Denchel with the Legions’ Gold Americanism Medal this past Saturday.

GRANDVIEW — What started with a desire to build a memorial for an Eagle Scout Service Project by Nick Denchel evolved into an impressive sign for Legion Park and a memorial honoring Grandview’s Gold Star Mothers.

But it didn’t end there.

When the name plates on the memorial began to fall off, Nick knew he had to do something else.

The result was an engraved stone memorial that is now permanent.

“The names won’t fall off now,” Denchel said.

Because of his efforts, Grandview’s Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of The American Legion presented Denchel with The American Legion Gold Americanism Medal during their Veterans Day Brunch and Public Safety Awards this past Saturday.

“We wanted to make sure Nick knew we had noticed his effort and his commitment to the mothers of our fallen soldiers,” said Post Commander Robert Gates.

“We get comments all the time about the impressive nature of the sign and memorial and we always tell people who did it,” he added.

Denchel is an Eagle Scout Alumnus of Grandview’s Troop 643.

His brothers — Chris and Matt — also had Eagle Scout projects at or adjacent to Legion Park.

Their parents are Dan and Michelle Denchel of Grandview.

The Troop was adopted this summer after they were orphaned by another community organization.

“They have come home,” said John Myers, Chartered Organization Representative for the Troop on behalf of the Post.

“The troop was originally sponsored by us for decades until the old Post Home was sold. We are thrilled to have them back,” he said.

The Post also adopted Cub Scout Pack 643, which is accepting boys and girls into that program.

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