Last summer Patrick Cox completed his Eagle Project at historic Salem Cemetery. Eagle Scout Patrick Cox’s project had several different parts to it. The completed project has helped to not only beautify, but to help distinguish Salem Cemetery from its surroundings.
Salem Cemetery is on the corner of Plum Grove Road and Kirchoff Road. Directly behind the cemetery is a strip mall shopping center, with a parking lot abutting up to the cemetery.
To create some separation between the shopping center and the cemetery, Patrick Cox’s Eagle Scout Project involved the installation of a split-rail fence along the eastern edge of the cemetery. The split-rail style fit in perfectly with Salem being a pioneer cemetery.
Patrick then tackled the painting of the sign out front. This was a very important task as the sign is highly visible from the busy intersection of Plum Grove and Kirchoff Roads. The finished job looked as if a professional painting company had done the job.
Even with a strip mall directly behind the cemetery Salem is nonetheless very peaceful. To take advantage of this Patrick Cox’s Eagle Project involved the installation of a sturdy wooden bench, placed at the northeast corner of the cemetery. Visitors can now sit in thoughtful contemplation and prayer.
Lastly, Patrick performed some mulching around some existing trees as well as planting some new bushes at the north end of the cemetery. As the bushes grow a natural separation between the asphalt parking lot and the cemetery will be achieved.
Patrick Cox’s Eagle Project has helped beautify and restore Salem Cemetery to its proper dignity.