Anthony Gizzi: From a Cub to an Eagle By A.J. Brodsky
August 18, 2014 On Saturday August 16, Armonk resident Anthony Gizzi was awarded the highest rank possible by the Boy Scouts, at a Court of Honor ceremony in his honor at the Armonk American Legion. The Boy Scouts of America is an organization that never fails to produce determined and hardworking young men. To reach the level of Eagle Scout, a service project must be completed by the scout. Anthony Gizzi wanted to make a difference in his community and chose to improve the blacktop in front of the American Legion building on Bedford Road.
Anthony knew what he wanted his project to be, ever since he was offered the chance to graduate to an Eagle Scout. His mother remarks she was constantly “in his ear” about possible projects he could do. But Anthony had already made his mind up and was determined to make it happen. Specifically, Anthony had noticed the sidewalk and walkways around American Legion Post 1097 in Armonk had fallen into disrepair and were in serious need of an upgrade. They were falling apart to the point of being hazardous to walk on, and Anthony believed the people who had served our country deserved much better than that. For his Eagle Scout project, he decided to raise money to fix up the road around the American Legion. He successfully replaced the existing blacktop walkway and replaced it with a wider concrete one.
When asked what it meant to be able to do this for the community, Anthony mentioned his sense of accomplishment. Considering how large scale the project was, he felt proud that this was his idea alone and that he made this happen. He remarked, “It feels great that I can give back to an organization full of people who’ve put their lives on the line.” Anthony had initially become associated with the American Legion through a friend of his grandfather’s. The Legion had also nominated him for New York Boy’s State, which is a summer leadership program that takes two junior boys and girls from high schools around the state to engage in various physical and educational activities.
The Court of Honor held on Saturday consisted of many traditions important to the Boy Scouts of America. The ceremony started off with a prayer followed by a presentation of the colors, which is a military tradition in which soldiers (or in this case, scouts) bring in flags that are important to the organization. This duty is so prestigious that the color is generally carried by a young scout, while experienced scouts are assigned to the protection of the flags. The senior scouts at the ceremony escorted Anthony to the main podium where many speeches were given by the family and friends of the new Eagle Scout. The important thing most remarked on is how once someone becomes an Eagle Scout, they hold that title with them forever. Finally, Anthony took the pledge to uphold the values of the Boy Scouts and was formally inducted into the Eagle Scouts in a memorable event for all in attendance.
Anthony plans on attending Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, but has clearly left his mark in Armonk.