Wednesday, May 18 2022


The Millar family, of Ocean City, celebrate the major achievement. From left to right, Daniel, Rosemary, Bridget, Liam and Mike Millar.

By MADDY VITALE

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest and most difficult task to accomplish in Scouting.

And to reach this rank, there are trials, sacrifices and difficulties. In most cases, Boy Scouts never do Eagle Scouts.

On Sunday, brothers Daniel Millar, 20, and Liam Millar, 19, both of Ocean City, were celebrated for winning Eagle Scout at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at the community center outside a crowded hall of the family, fellow Scouts, friends and dignitaries.

The Eagle Award was presented by Ocean City Troop 32 Scout Leader Dean Mitzel. The master of ceremonies was Chad Callahan.

Rosemary puts an important pin on Liam’s shirt.

Daniel and Liam’s parents Rosemary and Mike Millar have issued a statement after the program on their sons’ milestone.

“Both boys have worn a lot of uniforms in their lives,” said the Millars. “The uniform they are most proud of is their Scout uniform, as it is a symbol of their pride in the Scout values ​​of honesty and integrity.

They continued, “Without a doubt, these values ​​will help them prepare to be successful and fulfilled men and members of society.”

Daniel and Liam’s sister, Bridget, also attended the ceremony.

Daniel and Liam were both varsity athletes on the Ocean City High School Crew Team and Lifeguards on the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Liam is currently attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a fully regulated college where all cadets wear a uniform to mark their pride in the academic institution. Daniel attends Rowan University where he studies electrical engineering.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian hands over the keys to the city to the brothers.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian explained that it was no surprise the brothers were able to become Eagles.

“The roots of the Millar family run deep in Ocean City. They are doing so much for the community and they are doing it quietly, ”said Gillian.

He noted that Daniel and Liam worked hard for several years to achieve the highest Eagle Scout honor.

“One of the great things about Boy Scouts is that you take your time. You like this. You learn it. The Eagle Scouts do their best every day, ”said Gillian before presenting proclamations to the Millar brothers. “Your contact with others is generous and kind. “

Congressman Jeff Van Drew talks about the importance of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Congressman Jeff Van Drew said he was supposed to leave for Washington, DC, but made sure to attend the ceremony due to its importance.

“It’s a tough time, but when America has big challenges, there are always leaders. This is where Scouting comes in. There are individuals who are willing to get involved,” he said. Van Drew pointed out. “Eagle Scouts, it’s up to you to make sure we stand up for what’s right, what’s good.”

Prior to the show, the brothers told OCNJDaily.com about their plans and what they thought of their accomplishment.

“My parents helped me. My mother pushed me. Today means a lot to me, ”said Daniel. “Obviously, it’s wonderful. But I would say it’s the trip until today that makes it so special.

During the ceremony, the brothers put special pins on their parents’ shirts, as well as their Scout leader’s shirt, signifying the important accomplishment.

Liam, left, and Daniel Millar stand next to photos showing their Eagle Scout projects.

For Daniel’s Eagle Scout project, he built a book library at Seaspray Beach.

“I got the idea when I saw a library on the 23rd Street beach. I liked the idea, ”he said.

Liam also said his parents supported him and helped him through the process.

Liam spoke about his Eagle Scout project. He built a North Street Park sign.

“I came up with the idea because there was a place for it, but nobody ever came up with one,” he said.

In addition to Mayor Gillian and Van Drew, other dignitaries spoke about the incredible feat the brothers have achieved and how much success they will have in their lives.

MP Erik Simonsen spoke a few words on his own behalf, that of Senator Michael Testa and that of MP Antwan McClellan of Ocean City.

Testa and McClellan had other out-of-state commitments. Simonsen also spoke on behalf of the Cape May County Commissioners, who were also unable to attend due to the same engagement.

Coven Erik Simonsen tells the Millar brothers that they have done something extraordinary.

Simonsen echoed the sentiments of others, stating that the Eagle Scouts often achieve great things in life.

“The things the Eagle Scouts do are amazing,” he said.

He added that in addition to the brothers, their parents deserve a lot of recognition for helping their sons along the way.

“On behalf of the legislative constituency and on behalf of the commissioners, congratulations,” said Simonsen.

Sheriff Bob Nolan was unable to attend. but he asked Officer Andrew Raniszewski to speak for him. The officer presented the brothers with Challenge Coins, which are given to the Eagle Scouts in recognition of their work.

Jersey Shore Council representative for the Boy Scouts, James Gillick, said the Millars have reached the highest rank in scouting because of their persistence.

Scout Master Dean Mitzel, left, performs the ceremony as Daniel places a pin on his father Mike’s lapel.


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