New 9/11 memorial in Oswego County built by 14-year-old Boy Scout

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MEXICO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — At age 14, Jamee Ekman is younger than the average Eagle Scout candidate. He’s so young, that on September 11, 2001, he wasn’t even born yet. That makes his service project that much more impressive.

Ekman designed and built a scale replica of the Twin Towers out of stainless steel on the grounds of the Mexico VFW.

Drilled into each tower are screws of different colors, representing each person who died at Ground Zero: Red for the firefighters, white for the civilians and blue for police officers.

With the help of donations, the project took all summer to build. When Ekman wasn’t being helped by his team of fellow scouts, he was joined by his scoutmaster who he also calls “dad.”

“The pride I have is unbelievable… in my son and the whole Troop 825,” Jim Ekman tells NewsChannel 9. “It’s a community accomplishment.”

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