Life Scout Jason Ditto stands by the POW/MIA remembrance memorial he installed at Stadium Park on the east side of the football field as his Eagle Scout project. DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Life Scout Jason Ditto stands by the POW/MIA remembrance memorial he installed at Stadium Park on the east side of the football field as his Eagle Scout project. DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS —POW/MIA veterans now have a permanent remembrance at Stadium Park. Life Scout Jason Ditto’s Eagle Scout project made sure of that.

An Honor Chair has been placed at the east end of the football field. The memorial is a stone platform with an empty chair and plaque stating “The above unoccupied chair is in honor of those that are still Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA), and symbolizes there will always be a place in this stadium awaiting their return. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.”

Ditto learned of similar projects from a man who he attends church with.

“There’s a gentleman that I go to church with, Steve Montgomery, who had seen similar things in other stadiums and it’s something he was interested in and thought it might make a good Eagle Scout project. He mentioned it to me and I really liked it and so I just kind of went with it,” he said.

Ditto said he felt the project was very worthwhile.

“The Honor Chair symbolizes that the POW/MIA have a place in our community and we’ll remember them every time there is an event held here,” he added.

Ditto had to put together a plan to make his project a reality, including fundraising and enlisting the help of his parents, fellow Scouts and local businesses. The public can help support Ditto’s project by purchasing paver that will be placed around the base of the Honor Chair for $100 each. The pavers can be engraved with the name of a service person or whatever the buyer decides. Checks can be made payable the Delphos Veterans Council with “Honor Chair” in the memo line.

Ditto hopes, with the contributions for the pavers, his project is completed in the spring.

Scouting has been a way for Ditto since he was in second grade.

“Scouting looked really cool and fun. My dad was involved when he was young and I wanted to be like my dad,” Ditto said.

The Life Scout has a few more things to take care of before he will become an Eagle Scout, namely paperwork and several interviews.