by John Rhein
127 Cherry Valley Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
The other day, while reading “Letters to the Editor” in the Garden City News I came across an unusual letter written by an Eagle Scout candidate who is using that paper to attract donations for his Eagle Scout project. This letter reminded me of how fortunate our Nation has been to have Scouting has carried morality’s banner . Now, as our country’s youth have been assaulted by an avalanche of destructive temptations, the Scouts have surplanted many of these pernicious perils with character building opportunities. Our world is in need of just such a leadership incubator, and it is comforting to know the Scouts are there, filling the bill. Many years ago I was a Scout, and I still remember reciting those meaningful words: “On my honor I will do my best; to do my duty to God and my Country; and obey the Scout’s law; to help other people at all times and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
Regrettably I didn’t earn enough merit badges to go for the Eagle (21 are required). Only one young man in our troop was able to make the grade. So impressed was I by his accomplishment, I have put Eagle Scouts on pedestals ever since. He was a true leader and he became a role model for all whose lives he touched. He wore his Eagle proudly on his chest so he couldn’t exactly be called “unsung,” but all of us who knew what kind of commitment to God and Country was required to reach this pinnacle couldn’t sing his praises often enough.
Here’s the letter from the Garden City News:
To the Editor:
My name is Danny DeCarmello, and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project with Troop 56 in Garden City.
My project supports Island Harvest, whose mission is to feed the hungry on Long Island. My goal is to raise enough money to bring a truckload of food, which cost $2,500 to Long Island’s hungry. I still need $1000 to meet my goal.
Donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated! Please make checks payable to Troop 56, BSA, and put Island harvest in the memo section.
Please mail them to me at
14 Sherman Rd.
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Thank you very much for your support!
Danny De Carmello
Thank you Danny, for being an “Unsung Hero” St Mary’s wishes you success.
P.S. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Carle Place has been searching for true life stories about other Dannys who have exhibited strength of character and commitment to appear on an “Unsung Hero” tab on our website, StMarysCarlePlace.com. It is hoped that those who read them will try to walk on the same paths. If you know of anyone who has done or is doing something noteworthy or has shown extraordinary courage and commitment, please send un-copyrighted profiles, letters or descriptions to me at the address above.