Macray Ellis, a Boy Scout in Moab’s Troop 804, will receive his Eagle Scout award at an upcoming Court of Honor scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2.
Ellis, a freshman at Grand County High School, is the son of Ryan and Britnie Ellis.
Ellis’ Eagle project was making replacement crosses and extra crosses for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10900 for the memorial they do every Memorial Day at the Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery.
For his project, Ellis organized and supervised the making of more than 200 crosses, including milling wood and working them into crosses of the same size and shape, painting them, staking them, nailing nameplates on them and building storage boxes. Volunteers, including members of his scout troop and other family and friends, spent about 200 man-hours on the project. The group also helped stake the new crosses into the ground on Memorial Day, when more than 300 local veterans are recognized at the cemetery each year.
“Macray has a lot of respect for those who have served our country and he felt like his Eagle project was a way to serve them back,” said his mother, Britnie Ellis.
Macray said he loves being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, four-wheel driving, snowmobiling and playing sports. He has earned 32 Boy Scout merit badges to date, with his favorites being rifle shooting, archery and archaeology.