The City of Benbrook hosted a Benbrook Cemetery Directory dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 28. The event offered an opportunity to celebrate the completion of the Benbrook Cemetery Directory/Kiosk, a Girl Scout Gold Award project intended to assist visitors in locating the names and graves of those interred in the cemetery.
Due to rain, the afternoon ceremony was quickly moved from the cemetery to the Benbrook Fire Station. The rain didn’t dampen the community spirit, however. The City welcomed a crowd of approximately 50 guests, many of whom had participated in the project by making donations, volunteering, or otherwise supporting the effort.
Sarah Lindsay, Megan Metcalf, and Sarah Guenther of Benbrook Girl Scouts Troop 2507, along with their families, friends, neighbors, donors, and volunteers made a commitment to complete the project over the summer. Mayor Jerry Dittrich said that the directory/kiosk will serve the community for years to come. “The girl’s dedication is evident in the quality of work, attention to detail, tenacity, and ability to mobilize the community to join in the effort.”
Mayor Dittrich read a list of names of individuals and companies that participated in the success of the project, and then presented the scouts with Certificates of Appreciation. The City’s Building Official, Izzy Rivera, announced that the structure met all applicable building codes, and presented the girls with a Certificate of Completion on behalf of the Inspections Department.
On behalf of the Girl Scouts, Lynette Spence of the Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, read a plaque dedicating the directory to the community. The crowd joined in on a ribbon-cutting exercise, and enjoyed taking pictures and congratulating the scouts.
The structure is constructed of cedar wood and houses glass cases containing well-researched lists of all those interred. There are designations for veterans, a former mayor, and the grave of founding father, James M. Benbrook.