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Girl Scout Honors Veterans with Memorial Park for Gold Award Project

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For over two years, Adeline Whitmore, a high school senior and a Girl Scout Ambassador from Troop 40993, has worked tirelessly on her Girl Scout Gold Award project to honor veterans through The Village of Nichols Veterans Memorial Park.

With Veteran's Day just around the corner, the project's completion could not have been at a better time -- this morning was the opening ceremony where Whitmore officially dedicated the recently completed park to veterans and gave thanks to all the sponsors of the project.

"The veterans have done so much for us, so I wanted to give something back to them," Whitmore said.

Whitmore organized the construction of the park and raised over $4,000 by holding community yard sales, pancake breakfasts, approaching local businesses asking for donations and even held a motorcycle rally in order to make the park a possibility.

At today's event, members of The Nichols American Legion Post 1624 raised the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Girl Scout Troop 61082, followed by the National Anthem performed by members of the Tioga Central High School band. The event brought together community members of all ages to honor service members and celebrate veterans.

Lesley Pelotte, mayor of the Village of Nichols, spoke to the crowd about the positive impact made by younger generations understanding the importance of honoring those who have served.

"For the village, it's a great thing -- we really didn't have a place to honor our veterans," Pelotte said. "To see our young people come forward in this day and age is fantastic."

Whitmore herself chose what would be written on the memorial's plaque, which reads, 'In honor of all the courageous men and women of the United States of America whose service and sacrifice have established and preserved our freedom; we thank you.'