A memorial has been dedicated to local soldier Pfc. Jon Townsend. The memorial was completed last week thanks to overwhelming support from private donors and area businesses.
Hundreds gathered for the ceremony to pay respects to the fallen soldier who was killed Sept. 16, 2012 in southern Afghanistan by an Afghan police officer who fired upon U.S. soldiers.
The ceremony included the raising of the flag on the memorial, a performance of “Taps” and 21 gun salute by Claremore NJROTC cadets.
Townsend’s sister Jennifer Tucker said she really appreciated everyone for taking time out of their day to dedicate the memorial to Townsend.
“Jon definitely lived his life to the fullest. He never missed the chance to share his testimony and his love for God,” said Tucker. “His love for his friends and family was obvious every single day. Jon was there for anyone any time they needed him.”
Townsend’s mother Katy Nelson said she would like to thank everyone who has helped the memorial become a reality.
The $6,000 effort includes a circular concrete slab and sidewalk with sunken lights directed onto an American and KIA flag. A bronze plaque is set to be installed as part of the memorial and will display Townsend’s information.
Townsend was a soldier of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington. He was a 2011 graduate of Claremore-Sequoyah High School.