Scouts Honored by Rochester City Council

Boy Scout Troop 123 received a heartfelt thanks from Rochester City Council Monday, one week in advance of taking on a solemn duty to honor veterans buried at historic Mt. Avon Cemetery.

Mt. Avon is the first platted cemetery in Oakland County and is listed on the State Register of Historic Sites. Burials date back to 1817 and include the graves of veterans as far back as the Revolutionary War. In honor of Memorial Day, each year Troop 123 place flags on the graves of these veterans.

For his Eagle Scout project, Justin Ashlock, 17, of Rochester, has documented the names and locations of all the veterans buried in the city-owned cemetery. City Clerk Lee Ann O’Connor said she hopes Troop 123, which is over 50 years old and has about 45 members, will continue to assist her with the cemetery.

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