(March 15, 2019) Kurt Leinemann, Ocean City resident and member of Boy Scout Troop 261, will dedicate a 48-inch World War I statue he restored for his Eagle’s Scout project at the American Legion on 24th Street, today, Friday, at 4:30 p.m.
The date of the dedication, March 15, is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion, which took place in Paris, France, in 1919. Leinemann’s statue will become a permanent fixture at the American Legion.
“We had a statue, a concrete statue, of a World War I figure donated and it was all cement,” Post Commander Tom Wengert said. “This young boy had to physically sand it down. He could use no power tools at all. He physically sanded it all down, power washed it ... and it came out beautiful and he [put] two coats of clear seal on it.”
Leinemann, 16, also went down to City Hall, and received two permits; one for a concrete slab to install the statue on, and another to dig for six posts so that he could put a chain link fence around the memorial.
“For my project, I restored the statue and installed a concrete footer at a depth of 18 inches and two feet by two feet, all concrete reinforced with steel, and then [placed] a second layer. I’m mounting the statue on that with tile on top,” Leinemann said.
The project took Leinemann three weeks to complete. He finished the last segment of the slab Wednesday morning.
After completing this project, Leinemann will earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
“It feels fantastic,” Leinemann said. “This has been on my mind for a long time and it’s something I’ve worked seven years to [get] to this point. It’s very exciting. I was a Cub Scout when I was 9. I’ve been in the Boy Scouts since I was 11, so it’s been almost six years.
“I wouldn’t be able to do what I did, and I wouldn’t have the same opportunities if it weren’t for the Boy Scouts program,” he continued. “[Also,] I’m very happy that they’ve now included girls into the mix. I think that’s a good step.”
After the dedication, the American Legion will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m. with both meat and meatless tomato sauce, garlic bread, salad, and homemade desserts. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and several other activities, including the “arrest” of Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
“The Boy Scouts are putting Mayor Meehan inside of a jail … a make-up jail and they’re getting donations to bail him out of there,” Wengert said.
The event is open to the public.
“The more the merrier,” Wengert said.
Tickets cost $8 per person, $5 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds from the event will go to Boy Scouts Troop 261 and Girl Scouts Troop 621.
On Saturday, March 16, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the American Legion will offer a corned beef and cabbage meal for $9. More than 700 pounds of corned beef will be cooked for the event. Beer will also be available. Doors open at noon.
For more information, call 410-289-3166.