LIMA — A ceremony was held Saturday at Metzger Reservoir for the dedication of a new memorial for Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr.
Jon Frueh Jr., an Elida High School, student began work on his Eagle Scout project in February.
“I was approached by Randy Kohli who is the head park ranger for the City of Lima and we went around and looked at some different ideas. When we came here to look at the Metzger monument, I decided that this was what I wanted to do,” said Frueh.
Kohli knew this project was destined for Frueh.
“I wanted to find the special kid, the kid that I knew that had leadership abilities to make it all work and I saw that in Jon, that he’s going to be a future leader in the Lima-Allen County area,” said Kohli. “He came up with the design, mimicking it after the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. He put three wings on the side of the memorial because if you look at it from the top of the reservoir, it looks like a propeller.”
A large crowd gathered on the north side of the reservoir, where the new memorial was built.
Several people spoke, including Kohli; Mike Caprella, utilities director for the City of Lima; David Berger, mayor of Lima; Bob Cupp, state representative; Marc Kogan with the Black Swamp Council; and Larry Huffman who talked about the history of 2nd Lt. Metzger and what he did to earn the Medal of Honor. Saturday was the 75th anniversary of the day Metzger died while fighting for our country.
Frueh was pleased with how the monument turned out.
“I did not expect this memorial would be what it is today, but with the help of so many great people — Randy Kohli, Larry Huffman, my parents — this project has just been so great, so fantastic and it’s just amazing,” said Frueh.
The project is just an example of what scouting is all about.
“This has a tremendous impact on the community and for an Eagle project,” said Kogan. “It truly shows what Eagle projects are about. It’s about giving service back to your community. It’s not about giving service to scouting, but showing leadership for a community service project and that’s what I love about but the Eagle project is it helps put our kids out there and it teaches them and teaches other Scouts how important it is to make an impact on helping other people at all times.”
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