Thomas Zakrzewski's Eagle Scout Project Brings Flagpole Back to CCHS
The flag pole was originally dedicated at St. Augustine’s School on the one year anniversary of 9/11 in 2002 by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kruse in memory of their son, Pvt. John F. Kruse, US Army, who passed away due to exposure to agent orange. He was a graduate of St. Augustine’s School in 1963. Since St. Augustine’s School closed, Thomas E. Zakrzewski '18 took on the transfer of the flag pole to Catholic Central High School, who needed a flag for the athletic field as his Eagle Scout Service Project. It seemed appropriate since John was also an alumnus of CCHS, Class of 1967. Thomas petitioned St. Augustine Church on behalf of the Kruse Family and in the winter of 2018, permission was granted to take the pole to CCHS. This past summer, many people and businesses donated their time and services to complete the project. The pole was moved from St. Augustine’s School to the CCHS field with the help of Martin Mullins (CCHS grad) from John M. Mullins Rigging and Hauling. The digging was done by Ronald Gardner. The installation the pole casing into the concrete was done with Callanan Industries. Mullins and Mr. Gardner returned to help place and plum the pole within the casing. Fellow scouts and parents from Troop 611 helped Thomas place the topsoil around the pole for the flower garden.
The dedication ceremony will take on Friday, October 5th at 6pm before the boys soccer game during Homecoming.