SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury native and Boy Scout Christian Alexandrou is using his Eagle Scout service project to build a lasting memorial to veterans.
Alexandrou constructed a veterans memorial in front of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester.
The red brick walking path is lined with trees and faces the Greek and American flags. In the center is an inscription that says: "This memorial is dedicated to those Greek Orthodox veterans who have served and fought for America's freedom."
Alexandrou said he has been an active St. Spyridon parishioner throughout his life. The St. Spyridon Veterans Committee had wanted a memorial there for the last 30 years but didn't have the resources, he said.
"Ever since I was young scout, I knew that I wanted to undertake a service project to benefit both St. Spyridon and our veterans in a way that could be everlasting," Alexandrou said.
He spent January through May preparing and designing the memorial. Last summer was spent collecting donations to purchase materials. Construction took three weekends and 200 hours until it was completed Oct. 7.
Eagle Scout service projects gives boys the chance to demonstrate leadership while benefiting the community.
Alexandrou was born in Shrewsbury and now lives in Worcester. He is a member of Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114 and is scheduled to receive the rank of Eagle in spring.
"Boy Scouting has had a major positive impact on my life because its core values of teaching leadership and doing a good turn daily have truly molded me into the person I am today," he said.