Eagle Scouts recognized at Court of Honor

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Thu., Jun. 30, 2011
David Stansberry has his Eagle Scout rank insignia pinned on by his brother, Donald. Photos by Wally Robinson.
David Stansberry has his Eagle Scout rank insignia pinned on by his brother, Donald. Photos by Wally Robinson.

Earning his Eagle Scout rank was a lifelong dream come true for David Stansberry, age 57, a MARC client and resident of a supported living facility who has battled his way through developmental disabilities and MS to reach Scouting’s highest achievement. Stansberry was honored along with Nicholas James Reilly at Boy Scout Troop 123’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on June 17.

Stansberry began his long sojourn in Scouting in 1969 and, as he put it, “I just kept going.” A normally sociable and loquacious man, he struggled mightily with his emotions throughout the evening, alternating between smiles and tears as friends and admirers offered a steady stream of praise and congratulations.

The Court of Honor began with the traditional Flag Ceremony and the troop’s rededication to the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Speakers at the event included state Sen. Steve Cassano (D-4th District) and Manchester Mayor Louis Spadaccini.

“This evening is about finishing, and how important it is to finish,” said Cassano. “I attained the rank of Life Scout and I have always regretted not having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I hope to see all the Scouts in this room at this podium one day… finishing.” He then read out a citation from the General Assembly, honoring Stansberry and Reilly.

“You are a role model and an inspiration,” Spadaccini told Stansberry. He offered a proclamation from the city for the occasion.

It took Stansberry 20 years to complete the work necessary to rise from Life to Eagle Scout. His Eagle Project involved the building of bluebird houses and installing them at Risley Reservoir, Saulter’s Pond, Buckland Pond and MARC headquarters. Reilly’s project involved building a bridge to a small island in the Hockanum River, improving the path along the river and installing a bench from which to fish or simply enjoy the river views.

“To truly appreciate what David has achieved, it must be noted that just 2 percent of all who enter Scouting become Eagle Scouts,” said Scoutmaster Larry Cedrone. Over the years, Troop 123 has turned out no fewer that 65 Eagle Scouts.

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