With good humor, some grunt work and a desire to give back to their community, about 15 Troop 14 Boy Scouts spent much of Saturday giving fresh paint jobs to the tank and artillery pieces at the 36th Division Memorial Park at camp Bowie.
    Scouts and adult leaders camped out Friday night on the grounds of the memorial park, and ate meals in the nearby American Legion Post 196 building, where a serving line, tables and chairs had been set up.
    The Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial Committee provided the food, along with the Donut Palace, which brought four dozen donuts and two dozen kolaches.
    The Lower Colorado River Authority, which awarded a grant toward the establishment of the memorial park, included funds in the grant for landscaping and painting the military displays.
    “I think it is fun. We’re getting to stand on a tank,” Eagle scout Alex Dobson, a 16-year-old Early High School junior, said as he helped two other scouts paint a main battle tank.
    He also acknowledged the work was tedious.
    In another part of the park, 12-year-old Maverick Hardgrave, a Second Class scout who attends Early Middle School, good-naturedly made note of his “very” uncomfortable position — sprawled along the top of an artillery barrel, holding a paint brush.
    “The blood flows to your chest, because the canon is at an angle,” the young painter explained.
    Helping paint the same artillery piece, Tenderfoot scout Aaron Bass, also a 12-year-old Early Middle School student, explained why he devoted his Saturday to the project.
    “I thought it would be cool to paint the canons, and I want to give back to the community. And it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Aaron said.
    Earlier, as the scouts ate lunch in the American Legion building, former Eagle scout Dr. Dan Locker — also a retired Air Force general — complimented the Troop 14 scouts.
    “It’s very nice to hear all the ‘yes-sirs’ as you boys came down the (serving) line,” Locker told the scouts. “We don’t always hear that from young folks. Politeness is an asset, and it’s good to hear you boys demonstrating that.”
    Dr. Steve Kelly, president of the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial, which is located at the 36th Division Memorial Park, talked to the scouts about the sacrifices of Brown County veterans — 259 have been killed since World War I, Kelly said.