Veteran Carmen Scott was given a flag Thursday afternoon by the Logan County Commissioners.
The flag was in honor of Scott’s long-time service to his country and his community. The commissioners were privileged to recognize Scott by presenting him with the American flag that has flown above the Logan County Courthouse during the month of June.
The crowd in support of Scott at the Logan County Commissioner’s Board Room was the largest crowd that the commissioners have seen since doing this program. There were not enough chairs for everyone, as some had to stand in the foyer.
On behalf of the Logan County Veterans Service Office, Scott was offered their deepest gratitude, not only for his service to the nation but for his service to multiple surrounding communities by representative Shelley Kneece.
Scott shared these words from President Ronald Reagan, “There is no greater, more beautiful, and instantly recognizable symbol of our nation than the United States flag.” Scott was very honored, privileged, and humbled to be the recipient of the flag. He appreciates that in Buckeye Boys State when he presents his flag speech, he’s amazed at the number of students that come to him afterward and thank him for his speech because they’ve never had anything delivered to them about the flag.
Scott is a Vietnam Army Veteran. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, a branch of the Pentagon during the Vietnam War era from 1963 until 1965.
Scott has been an extremely active member of the community, using his leadership skills and orchestrating major improvements to build a better community, surrounding areas, and state, all while after serving the nation.
Veteran Carmen Scott explains how it feels to receive the flag, why he served in the army, what it means to be a veteran in Logan County, and his advice to anyone thinking about enlisting:
Scott is a 1958 Bellefontaine High School graduate.
He worked ten years for the Ohio Department of Transportation and was the first Executive Director for the Logan-Union-Champaign (LUC) Regional Planning Commission (held the position for 31 years). Scott played an important role in assisting Honda of American Manufacturing and related companies in the location and development of their respective facilities in our area. He was an active player in the initial development of the Transportation Research Center and the acquisition of the former Air Force Base site for the location of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. He was one of several individuals who were instrumental in convincing the state to construct U.S. Route 33 as a four-lane divided highway from Marysville to Bellefontaine.
In addition, Scott worked for 15 years for the CDC of Ohio, a Columbus Consulting Firm, as a Case Processor for HUD housing programs in Urbana. He was on the Board of Directors of Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, American Legion Buckeye Boys State Program, and served eight years on the Logan County Veterans Service Commission. He’s also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bellefontaine. Scott was an avid cyclist and worked diligently to see the Simon Kenton Bike Trail extend from Urbana to Bellefontaine.
Elected officials, county administrators, representatives of the Logan County Veterans Office, and many supporters, neighbors, and friends of Scott filled the room to honor him and more.
Thank you, Carmen, for your service.