Scout Derrick Corcoran opened the program by lighting seven candles which represented all the ranks Benjamin and Jonathan have attained.
His father, Assistant Scoutmaster Cam Corcoran, assisted by Benjamin’s brother Andrew Proffer, then presented a video of famous Eagle Scouts.
Scout Nick Sorrells gave the invocation. Eagle Scout Phil Scheid of Tyler served as master of ceremonies, and his brother, Eagle Scout Joe Scheid of Longview issued the Eagle Charge.
Scouts Dwight Cook, Trace Fitzgerald and Ray Sorrells “challenged” the proceedings with questions about the Eagle honorees’ worthiness, which Scoutmaster Freddie Fitzgerald and BSA Representative Steve Knollenberg answered by attesting to Benjamin’s and Jonathan’s skills, knowledge, and achievements.
Fitzgerald then administered the Eagle pledge.
An honor guard included Jonathan’s brother Matthew Erb, Dwight Cook, Ray Sorrells, Nick Sorrells, Trace Fitzgerald and Derrick Corcoran.
The guard escorted the candidates and their parents, Stan and Terry Proffer and David and Nicole Erb, to the awards table. Both mothers pinned Eagle medals on their sons, and also received Eagle Scout mother pins from their boys. The fathers presented the new Eagles with their certificates and received Eagle Scout father pins.
Benjamin honored Assistant Scoutmaster and former Scoutmaster Ken Scheid with his mentor pin. Jonathan awarded his mentor pin to his grandfather, Mike Westall.
Fitzgerald presented the new Eagle Scouts with American flags, which were given by Donald Knight of Hallsville, and which had flown over the capitol building.
He then challenged the boys to continue to be good citizens of their community and of their nation. He also read congratulatory letters from former President George W. Bush, Gov. Rick Perry, and United States Congressman Louie Gohmert.
After the benediction by Rev. Richard Laster, a reception followed with refreshments provided by Jonathan’s grandparents, Mike and Brenda Westall. Jonathan’s sister, Brianna Erb, and Benjamin’s sister, Becky Proffer, served a cake decorated with an eagle and an American flag.
Benjamin, 18, and Jonathan, 17, are both homeschooled and both employed by Brookshire’s Grocery in Gilmer.
Benjamin will graduate from high school next month, and attend college in the fall. He continues to serve Troop 314 as Assistant Scoutmaster.
Jonathan will go on to earn additional merit badges and Eagle Palms and serve his troop in various leadership positions.