On Tuesday, August 6th, Victor Sorace dedicated a memorial at Falls Township Community Park on the occasion of the local National Night Out event.
His memorial was a plaque on a boulder, dedicated to all Falls Township service members, including police officers, firefighters and first responders.
Victor took on the task of creating this memorial as his Eagle Scout Project.
Among those attending the dedication ceremony for Victor’s plaque were Falls Police Chief Will Wilcox, Chairman of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors Bob Harvie, and Monsignor Michael P. McCormac, who is Victor’s pastor at St. Francis Cabrini in Fairless Hills.
Victor first conceived of the project when he was, “looking in the (Falls Township) park for an idea, and noticed there was nothing for service members on the walkway.”
He then began the project in November of 2018.
Victor got approval for his project from Brian Andrews, Director of the Falls Township Parks and Recreation Department, and met with the Falls Board of Supervisors, who granted him unanimous approval for the project.
Victor then sought-out donors for materials and a skilled craftsperson to make his plaque come alive.
Kyle from KPK Development Co. in Fairless Hills donated the boulder, and Tom Triebi, helped complete the plaque and mount it to the boulder.
The entire project was completed by May of this year.
The major motivation behind Victor choosing this as his Eagle Scout project is his family’s history of service to the United States.
His sixth great grandfather served in the Revolutionary War under George Washington.
Victor’s fifth great grandfather served in the Cavalry in the Civil War.
His great grandfather served as a paratrooper in the 551st Parachute Infantry in World War II.
And his great uncle served two tours in Vietnam, one as a helicopter gunner and a second to help rebuild the Vietnamese villages destroyed in the war. Victor did this project in gratitude for all of the service members like his family, who have served the United States.
He says, “I think it’s important to recognize those who protect us, keep us safe and protect our freedom.”
Victor has been in Scouting for his entire life.
He began at age five as a Cub Scout and is now a Life Scout, and about to earn the honor of Eagle.
He is a member of Troop 168, which is based out of Levittown, and led by Scout Master Norbert Sonnie.
Victor’s parents, Joanne and John, introduced Victor to Scouting and Joanne says, “He took to it like a fish to water.”
Victor told me that, “I loved my time camping at Camp Minsi in the Poconos, Hawk Mountain, and Camp Ockanikon.”
He enjoys earning merit badges, which now total 31, and says, “My two favorite badges were for swimming and automotive maintenance.”
Victor is also an accomplished musician who plays drums, xylophone, guitar, piano, and ukulele.
Entering his junior year at Pennsbury High School, he is a member of the marching band, jazz band, and symphonic winds.
And Victor can also sing.
He has been a member of the Community Christian Choir in Hamilton, NJ since he was six-years-old.
He took a two-year hiatus from the choir to sing with the Philadelphia Archdiocese Boy and Girl Choir.
While there, he sang for Pope Francis when he appeared in Philadelphia in 2015 for the World Meeting of Families, and traveled to Rome to sing at the Vatican on the Epiphany in 2016.
He is also the leader of song at his church.
Victor also enjoys playing at open mic’s with his father, where they play guitar and piano.
I asked Victor about his future beyond high school and he commented that, “I think I would like to go to college to study music, and make a career out of it.”
Victor’s dedication ceremony was the centerpiece of the evening, against the background of a warm August evening with Falls children doing face painting, playing mini-golf, being entertained by balloon artists, and parents chatting and enjoying food and drink donated by Levittown Fire #1 Company.
PHOTO CAP: At the dedication ceremony, from left, Falls Police Chief Will Wilcox, Chairman of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors Bob Harvie, K-9 Officer Thomas Lundquist with dog Zico, and Victor Sorace.