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Life Scout with Three Siblings Serving Salutes Past and Present Military with Eagle Scout Project

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Engraved Bricks Available for Purchase to Fund Tribute Garden at St. Julie Billiart Church in Tinley Park


TINLEY PARK, IL – Orland Park Life Scout Luke Rost is on a mission to create a tribute to current military and veterans on the campus of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Tinley Park.


An eighth grader at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School, Rost is a member of Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 318 and is completing the final requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.


“My Eagle Scout Project is the creation of a beautiful outdoor space at my parish that will honor current military service members and memorialize military veterans and fallen service members,” Rost said.

Eagle Scout Candidate Luke Rost

Just eight percent of scouts nationwide reach the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. Along with earning at least 21 merit badges, scouts must demonstrate a number of skills and plan, organize, lead and manage a service project.

“Three of my siblings currently serve in the U.S military and I wanted to choose a project that will honor all military service members – past and present – and make a lasting impact on my community."
Life Scout Luke Rost, Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 318

Father Tirso Villaverde, pastor of St Julie, said, “Luke Rost and his family are very dedicated to the parish and to their faith. Helping him complete the eagle rank in scouts is not only a joy but a privilege. As pastor, I was pleased to hear that he wanted to have the parish be the beneficiary of his project.”


Plans call for the garden to include a brick wheelchair accessible path, a brick patio area, a 30 foot flagpole, landscaping and benches.


“Three of my siblings currently serve in the U.S military and I wanted to choose a project that will honor all military service members – past and present – and make a lasting impact on my community,” Rost said.


The estimated cost for the full project is $10,500 with Rost selling engraved bricks to cover costs.


“We’re inviting everyone to be a part of my project,” Rost said. “People can forever remember their favorite military person and individuals, organizations, families and businesses can buy bricks too.”


This rendering shows the tribute garden planned for the south side of St Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Tinley Park. Orland Park’s Luke Rost, a Life Scout in Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 318, is creating the garden to honor current military and veterans.


Individuals, families, organizations and businesses are also invited to purchase engraved bricks to help Rost fund his Eagle Scout Project.


The engraved bricks will be used to create the path and patio portion of the garden. Each brick is laser engraved with a custom message. Some have chosen to honor a service member or a living or deceased veteran. Others have included individual, family, organization or business names.


Supporters can also include an American flag or a military logo for an additional $10.

The cost for a 4” by 8” brick with text only is $50. Text can include up to 20 spaces per line with three lines of text. A 4” by 8” brick with text and a logo allows for 15 spaces per line with three lines of text for $60.


An 8” by 8” brick without a flag or military logo is $125 and allows for up to 20 spaces per line with six lines of text. An 8” by 8” brick with text and a flag or military logo is $135 and allows for up to 20 spaces per line with five lines of text.


Engraved replica tiles, measuring 4” by 4”, are available for an additional $15. There is also an option to sponsor a custom-made powder coated metal bench. A bench sponsorship is priced at $2,000.


“I believe that this space will give visitors an area of reflection and meditation and a place to pray for our country and for our service members and veterans,” Rost said.


Villaverde added, “Luke's proposed memorial area will not only honor the men and women who have served and currently serve but will also beautify our parish campus.”


Brick sales will continue through the end of January with details available at https://polarengraving.com/lukerostseaglescoutproject.


Construction of the memorial is slated for spring, 2022. All brick orders must be pre-paid by check, Zelle or Venmo. Questions may be directed to rost.luke@gmail.com.


“What I like about this project is the legacy that we are creating for the community,” Rost said. “People are invited to forever remember their loved ones who currently serve or served in the military and the community is invited to help make this project a reality by buying bricks for their families, businesses and organizations.”


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