Letter: ‘Thank You’ from Eagle Scout Behind Veterans Banner Project

Dear Editor:

As the veteran banners on Elm Street come down on Friday, November 22nd and my Eagle Scout project wraps up, I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of the people who made this project possible.  

Thank you, Mr. Peter Langenus, Commander of VFW Post 653, for sponsoring this project and for working with me every step of the way.  Thank you, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, and his team, including Mr. Tom Stadler, for setting the wheels in motion for this project last year. Thank you, Mrs. Megan Hammer of Hammer Graphic Design, for donating your time and talent to design the banners. Thanks to Mr. Jeff Platt and the Exchange Club of New Canaan for your generosity in underwriting part of the project.  Thank you, Mrs. Tucker Murphy, Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, for your guidance and coordination. Thank you, Mr. Tiger Mann, Mr. Mose Saccary, and everyone at the Department of Public Works who helped plan and hang the banner hardware.  

Most of all, I’d like to thank all of the New Canaan veterans for their service. Jack Goetz

‘We Need to Give Back’: Local Teen’s Project to Honor New Canaan Veterans

A New Canaan teen is working on an Eagle Scout project to honor local veterans. Jack Goetz, a rising New Canaan High School junior, said he plans to hang 35 banners featuring veterans from lampposts in the downtown for three weeks around Veteran’s Day in November. 

A Boy Scout for around five years, Goetz is seeking to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, and is required to complete a service-related project. 

“This was a project I chose because it’s a visual way to represent all that the veterans have done for our country,” Goetz said. “I think they don’t get enough credit—we don’t see it on a daily basis, how much they’ve served and I think we need to give back.” His project, titled “New Canaan Honors Our Veterans,” also has personal relevance. Goetz said that many of his family members have served in the military. 

“It’s an important issue to me,” he said.