Honoring Veterans, Going Gold

Girl Scouts have a long tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans. For many girls, who are trying to decide how they will “take action” while earning their Gold Award, serving veterans is a topic that will often rise to the top.

Gold Award recipient Sara Schleicher used her skills and creativity to make the world a better place for veterans in her hometown. With the help of her advisor and a team of volunteers, Sara designed and crafted a handmade concrete bench that was donated to the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery in Alliance. The bench seat is decorated with a beautiful stained glass mosaic depicting the American flag and a bald eagle.

When her project was completed, the bench was installed in the Memorial Garden on the cemetery grounds.  As was Sara’s vision, it will be used by visitors as a place of reflection for those who have served and those who honor our veterans.

In addition to the amazing bench, Sara made lap blankets to provide comfort to veterans’ loved ones during committal services. Sara also donated storage containers and a mobile cart to transport the blankets at the cemetery.

“The additions to the cemetery Sara has created will enhance the atmosphere and personal service we offer veterans and their families,” said Allen Pannell, Sara’s project advisor and administrator of the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery.

Sara is the daughter of Jeff and Marti Schleicher. Her troop advisor was Marti Schleicher and her project advisor was Allen Pannell.

Thinking about Going Gold?  Girl Scouts will celebrate 100 years of the highest honors in the organization in 2016.  We would LOVE to see 100 girls earn their Gold Award in celebration of 100 years.  If you want to be part of this illustrious group, you should start making plans for your Take Action project now!

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