Uniontown Scout Won't Let WWII Veterans Be Forgotten

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Joe T. Joseph wants to make sure the sacrifice of men and women in World War II is remembered.

He said he's found a fine resource for that work in a 17-year- old Boy Scout from Uniontown.

A junior at Geibel Catholic High School in Connellsville, Andrew Jellots, of Uniontown, installed a flagpole at the World War II Memorial adjacent to the Fayette County Courthouse last October. Since that project, Jellots has continued to assist Joseph and the committee that oversees the memorial.

"Being that we're up there in age (and) he's still a young man, ... in 30 or 40 years he'll still be able to tell people the story of this memorial and the sacrifice that was made in World War II," Joseph said.

"Right now these kids are losing track of history, and they have no idea what World War II is. The younger teachers don't know what World War II is. I've encouraged Andy to get the books at the library and become familiar with the history."

Jellots said he has learned about the war from Joseph and other veterans while working on the project. He has participated in parades, assisted with the memorial bricks project and even helped to police the area to help prevent vandalism.

"I did learn a lot about World War II from Mr. Joseph," Jellots said. "I learned what it takes to build something like this. It's a lot of work. "

Jellots said that in order to become an Eagle, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges. Twelve of the badges are specifically required, and the others can be obtained according to interest. …