Here is an article about this exceptional young man, which recently ran in the New Albany Tribune.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Floyds Knobs teen honors veterans with Eagle Scout project
By CHRIS MORRIS | Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 8:00 am
NEW ALBANY — It took a lot of hard work and planning, but the end result brings a smile to Austin King’s face. For his Eagle Scout project, King, 18, Floyds Knobs, with the help of his family, friends and donors, placed a five-foot statue on the grounds of the American Legion Bonnie Sloan Post 28, 1930 McDonald Lane, New Albany. The statue, which depicts a pair of boots with a rifle and helmet, honors soldiers who have died in combat, and those still missing in action. There are also two concrete benches placed near the monument. “My family and I have always been big supporters of the military,” King said. “We do anything we can to support them. This is something I will hopefully be able to show my kids someday.” King began planning the project in April, but it wasn’t completed until a few hours before King’s 18th birthday on June 25. King said it took about three weeks to get the statue in place, in an area on the grounds of the Bonnie Sloan Post. It sits where a tree once stood. King said the tree had to be taken out and the stump ground up in order to make room for the new memorial. He said the concrete statue was purchased online in California, and the company waived the shipping fee. He said he could not have completed the project without donations. He said IMI, Inc., donated the concrete base around the monument. “I had plenty of help,” he said. “I was here about every night until it was finished. I think they [Legion 42 members] are very pleased with it. I just wanted to honor them.” Irvin Thomas is one member who is impressed. Eagle Scout Project Austin King, 18, Floyds Knobs, stands next to the monument he had placed at the American Legion Bonnie Sloan Post 28 in New Albany for his Eagle Scout project. “I think it’s one of the prettiest things I ever saw,” Thomas said on his way into the Legion post last week. King said his grandfather, Morris and father Shawn are both members of Post 28. He said it was his father who gave him the idea. He also said in order to qualify for the Eagle Scout badge, he had to have the project finished by his 18th birthday. “It turned out a lot better than I thought it would,” said King, a Floyd Central graduate who plans on attending the University of Louisville this fall. “I am really pleased with it.”