PALM HARBOR — Eagle Scout Joseph C. Rieger, son of Dave Rieger of Palm Harbor and Beth Virgil of New Port Richey, was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.
SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificate at Joseph’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on Feb. 26 at Troop 10’s scout hut in Dunedin. The First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin has sponsored the troop since 1921.
Rieger joined Troop 10 in the summer of 2008. He earned 22 merit badges and participated in many troop camping trips and other outdoor activities. He has camped out over 75 days, including summer excursions at Camp La-No-Che in Paisley, Fla. and Camp Woodruff at Blairsville, Ga.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved planning, organizing and creating a memorial to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. He raised funds for the project and received generous support for the granite memorial from Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. He erected a flagpole and the memorial stone at the Kirk of Dunedin Christian Church.
The memorial stone reads, in part, “This memorial is in memory of many, in honor of all. God bless those who served our country.”
The memorial was dedicated on Sept. 21 with the congregation of the Kirk of Dunedin Christian Church in attendance. During the ceremony, Rieger also dedicated the memorial to Don Graus, a member of the church who was an Eagle Scout and a World War II veteran, who passed away just weeks after the dedication.
Rieger is a senior at Palm Harbor University High School. When he graduates, he plans to attend the University of South Florida and their Army ROTC program. He aspires to a career in the U.S. Army as an officer and an Army Ranger.