Eagle Scout project brings TAMC garden back to life
June 15, 2012
HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center's Memorial Garden was brought back to life, June 9, because of the efforts of an Eagle Scout Service Project.
Sherman Baker III, family member and Boy Scout with Troop 100, is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout, a candidate must perform a service project that displays leadership skills and benefits a noncommercial organization, such as a church, hospital, school or charity. Baker is the son of Chaplain (Col.) Sherman Baker, command chaplain, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and wanted to do something here at Tripler Army Medical Center, so he designed his project around the memorial garden.
As part of the project, Baker and 25 other Scouts re-landscaped the garden bed by planting native Hawaiian flowers and plants, cutting and edging the grass, trimming and pruning the shrubs, painting the concrete pad of each bench and fertilizing the memorial lawn. They also refurbished and cleaned all 50 memorial plaques on the pedestal. Each memorial plaque has an employee name, their department and their length of service.
The garden is located between 3C and 3H Wings and provides a long-lasting tribute to staff members who have passed away, as well as offering a place for our staff to rest and to heal from the challenges of the day.