Quietly celebrating the Fourth of July in Andover is a recently named Eagle Scout from Andover whose community service project shows his patriotism.
Cameron Bulens, 17, from Troop 77 in Andover turned to the West Parish Cemetery for his patriotic project. With help from his troop, he built a 30-foot-tall flagpole there. The flagpole is dedicated to veterans.
"I decided to dedicate my project to veterans after realizing that while West Parish Cemetery had veterans buried within the cemetery and they were properly honored individually, there was no single monument to honor veterans and our gratitude for them in general," Cameron said.
The flag will fly on the Scouts' flagpole as Andover celebrates the holiday with a variety of events, including a pancake breakfast and fireworks.
The Scouts began working on the flagpole May 5. The job totaled 230 hours and was completed by Memorial Day.
"In order to achieve the full patriotic effect, we couldn't just put up a flagpole. We had to provide some sort of light source in order to illuminate it during the night," said Cameron, who attends Lawrence Academy in Groton.
Three light fixtures are at the base of the flagpole. To power them, 280 feet of electrical wiring, some of it underground, were needed to connect the lights to a power source.
"We dug it all by hand, and we even had to dig up the cobblestone road and two walkways in order to get under them, which were eventually put back in their proper place," Cameron said.
After Cameron and his helpers dug the hole, some of the wiring was placed underground, connected and covered.
The flagpole is located just beyond the front entrance to the cemetery. Thanks to the lights, the flag on the pole can be seen from as far away as Beacon Street and Shawsheen Road during the night.
Also lighting up Andover's Fourth of July is the town's Fire Department, as firefighters are running the annual pancake breakfast on July 4. The breakfast is a longtime town tradition.
Here is the complete list of Andover's Fourth of July events, provided by the town's website:
Wednesday, July 3, about 9:20 p.m. at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road. If there is poor weather, fireworks will happen Friday, July 5, at the high school.
JULY 4 ACTIVITIES
All are held in The Park, Chestnut and Bartlet streets.
Pancake breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m.
Horribles Parade assembly, 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Horribles Parade, 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Music by the Middlesex Concert Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Games for children, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Because of the parade, these streets will be closed from 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Punchard Avenue, Main Street from the intersection of Punchard Avenue to Park Street, Park Street to Whittier Street, across Chestnut Street to Whittier Court.