Mifflin senior pursues Scout project, honors 9/11 victims

It started out as a small idea.

"I see what a teacher gives me in class or an assignment and I always want to do more." said Marlin Thomas, a high school senior at Governor Mifflin High School and a Life Scout. "I always look for what I can do next."

Mom liked it, but had her concerns.

"I thought it was a spectacular idea," Sharon Thomas said. "As the conversation grew, the project grew."

Thomas took his vision for an Eagle Scout project and brought it to the stage, to remember the fallen and honor the heroes of 9/11.

"I just wanted to do something to inspire Scouts to appreciate those who serve our country and who are doing everything they can to keep us safe," Thomas explained.

Marlin and his fellow scouts are too young to remember the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, so what motivated them to hold the ceremony Monday night?

His mother believes he's a new product of the patriotic, post-9/11 country he grew up in.

"Growing up in that community of patriotism really sparked his interest in scouting, as well as paying tribute to those who gave us so much when some of us aren't watching," she said.

Marlin also utilized a local nonprofit, the Reading Musical Foundation, to put the finishing touches on the performance.

"We kinda helped him put the concert together logistics-wise, anything he needed logistically or someone to bounce ideas off of since this is his first concert he has done," said Keri Shultz, the president of Reading Musical Foundation.

So, at the Governor Mifflin High School auditorium, as stirring sounds spilled from the stage, those who are old enough, remember, and those who aren't, like Marlin, lead others like themselves, to learn.

"I think bringing awareness to this event could really help Scouts and anybody who comes to this to understand the importance of this and say thank you to those who ran towards the fire, towards the fear."

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