Curth finds veterans’ graves for Eagle Scout project
Monday, May 26, 2014 12:01 AM
Eagle Scout hopeful Ben Curth stand near a grave previously marked for service to country in Westside Cemetery. Curth located 150 of 178 graves in the cemetery that needed markers for military service. (dhi MEDIA/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Jefferson High School freshman Ben Curth, 15, didn’t have to look far for his Eagle Scout project. His brother, Zach, did his project with the Veterans Council for the Veterans Memorial Park at Fifth and Main streets in Delphos. Ben decided to enlist the council’s help with his project, too.
“I knew there had to more to do to help veterans in Delphos,” Curth said.
After a phone call, Curth found his mission.
“There were a lot of graves at Westside Cemetery that were either unmarked entirely without headstones and ones that had headstones but no military markers,” Curth said. “They provided me with a list and I got started.”
The roster included 178 names which the Scout first organized by sections in the cemetery and then alphabetically. Then he enlisted the help of fellow Scouts to mark the graves and join the Veterans Council for flag placement the week prior to Memorial Day. Through his efforts, 150 of the 178 graves now have their proper military markers and U.S. flags now fly beside them.
“I think it’s important to give the proper respect to our deceased veterans who helped defend our country,” Curth added.
While many Scouts wait until closer to the age of 18 to find and complete their Eagle Scout projects, the son of Mike and Alice Curth didn’t see why he should wait.
“There was no reason for me to wait,” he said. “I’d rather get it done.”
Curth also has the required 21 badges for his Eagle Scout award.
His father and another brother, Aaron, are also Eagle Scouts.
When he’s not walking around in cemeteries, Curth enjoys playing board games with his family, going to museums and enjoying the natural wonders of the United States like Niagara Falls. He’s also a big OSU fan and likes to watch “Big Bang Theory” and “Marvel Agents of Shield.” He and his family attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lima, which also sponsors his Boy Scout program.