Lampasas: Student raises $20,000 for veterans memorial

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) A Lampasas High School student raised $20,000 for a new veterans memorial that was installed at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas on Saturday.

Scott Jerdon, 17, is a senior, and a Boy Scout.

He said for his Eagle Scout project, he wanted to create a local memorial honoring veterans.

“I just feel like they don’t get the recognition they need nowadays,” Jerdon said. “They do so much for us, and if you look at history, it’s crazy what they’ve done, and I just feel like a good recognition like this would help me help them.”

Almost two years ago, Jerdon started designing the memorial and raising money throughout the community.

Now, the limestone monument sits in the cemetery, adorned by two benches and the American and Texas flags.

The memorial itself features the seals of the five branches of the military, the United States seal, and a plaque that reads “For the fallen but not forgotten.”

Jerdon enlisted the help of an engineer to bring the design to life, and a contractor to install it.

He also received support from the Oak Hill Cemetery staff, including military veteran Duane Kevin Griffith.

“And in today’s world, it was refreshing to have somebody that young to have such high goals and such respect,” Griffith said.

Jerdon said he is planning a dedication ceremony for the memorial. A date has not been set yet.

Jerdon said he is also still collecting donations to add landscaping to the area surrounding the monument.

Donations can be sent to the attention of Scott Jerdon at First United Methodist Church at 2 Alexander Ln.,Lampasas, TX 76550.

Checks can be made out to Boy Scout Troop 200 or to the church.