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New veterans memorial plaza thanks to local Boy Scout

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After months of hard work, Daniel Fiske, 17, of Dubuque can finally admire the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Asbury Park.

"Ever since I was little, I've always wanted to give back to veterans for the great amounts of freedom and just the great life they've given me," he said.

More than 100 people came out to the flag raising ceremony this past weekend, including area vets. Fiske was recognized by Congressman Rod Blum at the at the event. 

He came up with the concept for the memorial for his Eagle Scout project.

Every branch in the military is represented with a flag. "Starting with the black one is the Prisoner of War, then the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard and in the center we have the American."

He put in a lot of work to make the idea a reality. "There's been over a thousand hours put in the project, whether it be myself or service hours, or contractor hours -- 18 months of fundraising, or getting it approved or construction," he said.

Fiske went around to area businesses to get sponsors to fund the project. He, along with one of his teachers at Senior High School also did some of the metal work in the memorial.

Besides his tremendous respect for veterans, he wanted to prove he could do this.

"Teenagers can do a lot more then some people think. I know one thing that really drove me to do this is, my mom thought I was crazy, so I wanted to prove to her I could do it," he said.

Fiske still has some paperwork to complete before he officially becomes an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America organization.

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