A 15-year-old Eagle Scout wanted to recognize all the men and women currently serving our country through military service.

To do so, he constructed a military honor board that will now be a permanent fixture at Fort Osage High School.

“My uncle is currently stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky,” he said. “Many of my family members are enlisted. I’m very proud of what they do for our country.”

Dalton Archer of Buckner constructed a 4-by-8-foot plaque that can hold up to 60 glass-framed portraits - each 5 by 7 inches – of Fort Osage High School alumni who are on active duty in the U.S. Military. The board is Archer’s Eagle Scout service project.

Archer, along with a Fort Osage alumni member and a local veteran, has been crafting the honor board since early June.

“The veteran donated all the wood for the project and allowed us to use his woodshop,” he said.

The incoming sophomore, who is with Troop 206 in Independence, also credits his two friends, Tucker Murphy and Blake Pearson, for helping out with his Eagle Project as well.

“We probably spent two hours each day this past summer on it,” Archer added.

Prior to making the military honor board, he said he approached his high school’s administrators in April to find out whether he could display his project inside the building.

“They were ecstatic,” recalled Archer on his principals’ reactions. “They loved the idea and were excited to put it up.”

The military board can be viewed near the entrance of the Fort Osage Performing Arts Center. Although the honor board is currently absent of any active duty servicemen and women, Archer said he is in the process of finding alumni to fill up his plaque.

If you graduated from Fort Osage High School and are actively serving in any branch of the U.S. Military, you can send a 5x7 photo of you in your military uniform and $7.50 donation to pay for the nameplate to:

FOAA PO Box 182 Buckner, MO 64016

“I also wanted to do something for my high school,” Archer said about why he chose to give his project to his school. “I am very proud that I did it. It’s a goregous project. Now I can always look back at it whenever I pass through that hallway.”