My name is Andrew Adam and I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 88 in Mechanicsburg, PA. Currently, I am a junior at Cumberland Valley High School where I am a cadet with the JROTC Screaming Eagles Battalion. In addition, I am a member of the United States Volunteers (USV), a civil war re-enacting unit, where I portray a Union drummer.
One of the main requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is to successfully plan, lead and execute a service project that benefits the community. I have chosen to focus my project on Unity in America and the Civil War.
For my project, I developed “Unity Park”, a park designed to educate visitors on the many aspects of the American civil war. The centerpiece of the park features a bronze statue, dedicated to musicians and the many young people who served our country in the war. Almost one fifth of both the Confederate and Union armies were under the age of 18, and many of them served as musicians. There is no monument specifically dedicated to musicians or to the many young people that served our country during this war.
It is my hope that this project will encourage young people today to become involved in America. It is also my hope that Unity Park will serve as a lasting reminder of unity, then and now, and how important it is for us to work together towards unity in our country.
It seemed fitting to construct Unity Park in the town where our country almost divided. I am pleased to announce that Unity Park will be located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on a plot of land owned by the beneficiary of my project, the Gettysburg Area School District.
Unity Park was unveiled on July 5th, 2015 to honor the 150th anniversary of the end of the civil war and to celebrate unity and peace in America.
One of the most rewarding parts of this project has been interacting with the many people that I have met along the way. There are many individuals and organizations that have donated their time, effort, expertise and financial contributions to my project and I am grateful to have met and have the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.