Girl Scout Troop 0299 Earns Silver Award for Veterans Memorial Garden

New Carlisle Girl Scout Troop 30299, seventh graders from New Prairie Middle School, earned their Silver Award this month.

The Silver Award is the second highest award of achievement that a Girl Scout can earn as a GS Cadette. Troop 30299 wished to establish and carry out a project that served a local need and proved sustainable, such as the Veterans Memorial Garden, which helps to honor local members of the military by beautifying their post. On May 13, 2017 the troop joined with the American Legion Color Guard and held a dedication ceremony for their Veterans Memorial Garden.

All four GS Troop members contributed in their own way at the ceremony: Katie James (eight-year member) performed by singing “America The Beautiful”; Kennedy Shipley (eight-year member) recited a poem “In Flanders Fields”; Eira Schmidt (seven-year member) gave an informational history education on the poppy flower; Grace Jones (eight-year member) read a letter honoring her grandfather serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the islands of the South Pacific.

In August of 2016, the Troop began their deliberations for a project that would make a positive impact for the community to enjoy while honoring the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

A need to “make the world a better place” (part of the Girl Scout Law) was filled by all the efforts that GS Troop 30299 put into designing and building a Veterans Memorial Garden at their local American Legion Post #297 in New Carlisle, Indiana.

The girls wanted the garden to be a place of reflection and solace for the entire community, especially all military members, to enjoy.

At its completion, the large garden measured twenty-two feet long by eleven feet across and includes sustainable perennial flowers that will bloom every year from spring into late summer and early fall.

A theme of red, white, and blue blooms among the garden thanks to donations of red poppies from Vite Greenhouses of Niles. This patriotic palette was finished off with lavender and white coneflowers.

A few more donations of seasonal tulips and hyacinths were provided by Kroger Supermarkets of La Porte and Mishawaka. The garden is completed by a bench that was donated from Lowe’s of Mishawaka and a concrete walkway.

Troop members were also busy resurfacing and repainting the soldier silhouette and concrete base of the flagpole. Incorporated in the project was a pine tree, which was donated by Twin Silo Nursery of New Carlisle and planted near the front by the Legion’s sign.

A donation from the Village Florist tastefully ornaments this tree for Memorial Day and throughout the summer. Troop 30299 hopes that everyone from the community will stop by to enjoy the garden.

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