Flag to fly at Risen Lord Cemetery in Oswego
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News December 31, 2012 11:20AM
Donating toward flag pole
Several groups have contributed to the effort to install a flag pole at Risen Lord Cemetery in Oswego. Among those contributing are Yorkville American Legion Post 489, Oswego American Legion Post 675, Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Church, Oswego Knights of Columbus, Oswego Chamber of Commerce Leads Group II, and Empower Training Systems in Yorkville.
Updated: February 3, 2013 6:13AM
OSWEGO — A local teen working to be an Eagle Scout and a Joliet Catholic Diocese counselor have come together to bring a flag to a local cemetery.
Lugenia Thomas, who works for the Joliet Diocese as a counselor and family representative, said she got the idea for the flagpole at Risen Lord Cemetery in Oswego last Memorial Day.
She was conducting her first Memorial Day service, she said, and “I looked up and noticed there was no flag pole or flags.”
Thomas said she first contacted an American Legion official who suggested she call the Boy Scouts about using the project for an Eagle Scout assignment.
That is when 17-year-old Brandon Hunt came into the process, using the flag and flag pole as his Eagle Scout project.
“I took it upon myself, asking for donations for the flag pole,” Thomas said.
Risen Lord Cemetery, at 1501 Simons Road, is the newest cemetery in the Joliet Diocese. The cemetery, dedicated in 2004, is on some 40 acres of an 80-acre parcel bought by the diocese.
The flagpole is to be installed at the cemetery with a special service at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Dedication for the flagpole will be at the Memorial Day service next May.
Hunt, a senior at Oswego High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, band and other activities, as well as being involved in martial arts. He has already been accepted at Butler University in Indiana and has applied at Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago.
“I thought it was a great project, it gives me a chance to show my patriotism,” said Hunt, about being approached by his scout master with the idea.
Thomas and Hunt worked together to obtain funds for the undertaking and have received donations for the flag pole from veterans groups, several chapters of the Knights of Columbus and business organizations.
The American Flag was donated by the Oswego Police Department.
Thomas said she is looking forward to this spring’s Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery — and this time, when she looks up, she plans to see a flag flying overhead.