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Biblical monument earns top honor for Ardmore Scout

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Dillon Burnam earned his Eagle Scout badge by establishing this Ten Commandments monument in Ardmore. (KTEN) Dillon Burnam earned his Eagle Scout badge by establishing this Ten Commandments monument in Ardmore. (KTEN)
"I believe it would help the people of the community," Eagle Scout Dillon Burnam said. (KTEN) "I believe it would help the people of the community," Eagle Scout Dillon Burnam said. (KTEN)
This Ten Commandments monument in Ardmore was Dillon Burnam's Eagle Scout project. (KTEN) This Ten Commandments monument in Ardmore was Dillon Burnam's Eagle Scout project. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Whenever you drive down 1st Avenue SW in Ardmore, something on the side of the road may start to catch your eye.

It's a monument of the Ten Commandments, right across the street from First Baptist Church. The brain behind this operation is 16-year-old Dillon Burnam, who created this sculpture to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

"I believe it would help the people of the community," he said. "It's something that everyone, I think, should live by, and the standards they should live up to."

To make this monument a reality, Dillon had to do it all -- from fundraising to project management.

"I had to come up with a project to manage and accumulate the money from the people in my church," he said.

It was a grueling seven-month process, but now Dillon's monument is on display for all to see, and his dream of being an Eagle Scout has been accomplished.

"It's the top," he said. "It's the highest one you can get, and the badge really doesn't mean anything unless you have earned it."

And if you ask Dillon's former troop leader Joel White, this young man has more than earned the title.

"This project just shows what is in their heart and soul and all the work they have done to achieve that rank advancement," White said.

Dillon raised about $1,200 to erect the Ten Commandments monument. It stands on the edge of a parking lot that is part of First Baptist Church.

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