This summer 13-year-old Sean M. O’Connor became an Eagle Scout after planting a memorial rose garden, earning him the historic distinction of being the first in his troupe’s 724-year history to reach this rank at such a young age.
As his Eagle Scout Project to complete his work, the precocious Mr. O’Connor set up a rose garden in memory of Major General Samuel K. Zook, a brave Union officer that fought in the Civil War and was mortally wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. General Zook is interred at General Zook’s Post #11 in Montgomery Cemetery in Norristown, PA. The Historical Society of Montgomery County celebrated the 150th anniversary of this Post and, thanks to the work of Mr. O’Connor, the event was also marked by the reveal of a gorgeous rose garden! As part of the display, Jackson and Perkins was proud to donate 12 Veteran’s Honor roses and 2 Tranquility roses to fill the garden beds. If you get a chance to visit the site during the summer, you should see plenty of gorgeous red and white blooms to commemorate the sacrifices of these fallen heroes.
Here is a slideshow of Mr. O’Connor’s handiwork. Such drive and dedication at such a young age is rare, and all the more admirable because his efforts are for the veterans. Congratulations, Mr. O’Connor!