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Benjamin Wetzel was honored Tuesday night (September 17) with a City proclamation by Mayor Rick Sollars and City Council for his work locating many lost or misplaced memorial stones at Heritage Park.
The longtime Boy Scout, who was a member of the first Taylor High School graduating class in 2019, took on the work as part of his Eagle Scout project. He had started in the Scout program when he was just 5 as a Tiger Cub at McDowell Elementary School and worked his way through the ranks.
It took Wetzel approximately a month to complete the work, which is deeply appreciated by the City of Taylor and the families who participated in the old memorial stone program.
Wetzel credited his family for all of their help on the project.
His work accounted for approximately 40 stones in the park, all dedicated to the memory of former Taylor residents or family names.
Over the course of time, it became increasingly difficult to account for some stones. Some were stolen or vandalized. Others became misplaced as vegetation grew, or mulch or stones were added to different landscapes.
Wetzel’s list is now on file at the Taylor Recreation Department and will eventually be posted on the City’s website.