HEREFORD, Md. —A Baltimore County teen was in elementary school when two Hereford High School graduates were killed while serving in the military overseas.
Now 10 years later, the Eagle Scout is making it his mission to make sure no one forgets their sacrifice.
Surrounding two trees on the Hereford campus is the project that earned junior Andrew Kilgore his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. The project is a memorial to Lance Cpl. Norman Anderson and Cpl. Josh Snyder.
"It's more than just a badge," Kilgore said. "It's my life. So in 20 years (the memorial) will still be here."
The mothers of the fallen soldiers consider the memorial a huge honor to ensure their sons are never forgotten.
"It's like a sanctuary to me," Anderson's mother, Robyn, said. "We go to Arlington (National Cemetery) a lot. But it's nice to have something close like this."
"I think it's fantastic what Andrew did," Snyder's mother, Doris said. "He's a remarkable young man."
Anderson and Snyder were both Boy Scouts and members of the Hereford football team. The pair graduated from the Baltimore County school before they were killed six weeks apart in 2005 while serving overseas. The trees planted in their memory a year later have grown until now without a marker of their significance.
"I was just like, 'That's not right. They deserve more than that,'" Kilgore said. "We're here because people fight for our country and our freedom."
Kilgore raised more than $13,000 for the project, learning what rocks to use and making sure the marble was just right, including the wording on the pathway from the school to the football stadium.
"It's kind of like the guardians of the stadium," Kilgore said.
Snyder's and Anderson's mothers are very appreciative of Kilgore's efforts and hope future generations will learn about their sons.
"This just brings more light to it so that kids who are new, who come into Hereford know who they are and what these trees stand for," Snyder said.
Trevor Kilgore, Andrew's father, is equally impressed with his son.
"He's put a lot of time into this," Trevor Kilgore said. "It means a lot to him. Not just for the Eagle Scouts but this project in general."
There will be a dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the memorial, and then Tuesday, a portion of the road in front of Hereford High will be named after the fallen soldiers.