HANOVER TWP. — Veterans who lived in the Askam section of the township will forever be remembered thanks to the effort by 17-year-old Kyle Cunard.
Cunard, of Hanover Green and a senior at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School, will unveil a stone monument listing Askam veterans’ names at noon Saturday at the South Street Askam Playground.
His work, which included seven months of research, is the result of his community service project requirement toward becoming an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 166.
Cunard also had another motivation to erect the Askam veterans monument.
His father, Paul Cunard, 62, grew up in Askam and served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
“Other sections of Hanover have veterans’ monuments, Hanover Green, Lee Park, Buttonwood,” Cunard said. “My dad couldn’t be on the Hanover Green monument because you had to live in that neighborhood. I wanted him to be honored and wanted to do my community service project that honored all veterans from Askam.”
Cunard said an Askam veterans monument once stood at the Askam school that was demolished long ago. A photograph of the school monument helped with his research, but he said he wanted to do more.
“I went around to all the houses in Askam passing out letters detailing my project,” he said. “The hard part was raising money. Askam is a small section and many people that donated live on fixed incomes. I’m grateful for their support and donations.”
Cunard said he had hundreds of names he had to cross-check with military discharge papers to confirm a veteran’s place on the memorial stone. He said there were 200 veterans on the Askam school monument and he was able to add 100 more veterans to the memorial stone to be unveiled on Saturday.
Cunard was assisted in his research by his father, his mother Joan Cunard, Hanover Green Cemetery historian Martin Bosar and District Judge Joseph Halesey.
He said most of the veterans on the memorial stone served during World War II, but there are many others from other wars and conflicts.
As for Cunard becoming an Eagle Scout, he must present his community service project to a board for review.
“Earning my Eagle Scout will finish my overall career of 10 years of Scouting if I pass,” Cunard said.