Town to unveil restored monument

New Market’s veterans memorial adjacent to the former New Market School, now the New Market Community Center, has received some updates due to work by Boy Scout Andrew Stauff in his quest to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

The town will unveil the revamped monument and hold a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday. The flag is being donated by Harry Lam. It was given to him when his brother,  Laurence Randolph Lam, a graduate of the New Market School and a veteran, died.

Brittany Clem is New Market’s event and marketing director. She explained the schedule for Saturday’s ceremony.

“There’s a little area where this monument is across from the New Market School that looked like it needed some attention,” Clem said. “He (Stauff) has restored the monument and constructed a bench area and some shrubs. He also got a flag pole donated from Holtzman to have a flag there in the pocket park. The neat thing is that he had a lot of people contribute to the project. It’s amazing to the town that a local Life Scout took on such a project.”

Stauff is a Life Scout, which is the second highest rank in Boy Scouts. Eagle Scout is the highest. Moved by Stauff’s actions, Harry Lam decided to make his donation.

“Harry came to our town manager, Mike Ritchie, and said he was deeply moved by the restoration project and that he would like to donate this flag to use for the ceremony,” Clem said.

Clem also said that members of the New Market School Association will be in attendance. The public is welcome to attend.

“Also, we have invited alumni of the New Market School. We’re also inviting the general public and reaching out especially to American Legion members. All are welcome and we would just really like to thank Andrew Stauff. We’re excited about it and it’s very cool for somebody to take on this kind of thing in town.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com

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