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July 3, 2013

City to honor Pfc. Townsend at park

CLAREMORE —

Claremore Lake Park will receive a new memorial dedicated to Pfc. Jon Townsend.
The Claremore City Council approved a request Monday to place a plaque and park bench sculpture near the south entrance to the pedestrian bridge in the park. 
Jennifer Tucker, Townsend’s sister, spoke briefly to the council about the memorial.
Tucker said her brother frequently visited the lake with his church and offered council to teens during the meetings.
Because of his dedication to the community and his church, the location of the memorial is special to the family, Tucker said.
The memorial will reflect the impact Townsend made on his community, as well as his country, she added.
“We will approve the final design,” said Joe Kays, Director of Parks and Recreation, “It will be a good addition to the park.”
A plaque will be located near the walkway and the design of the memorial will offer an opportunity for other families that wish to honor fallen heroes, according to Tucker.
Townsend was among four American soldiers who died September 16, 2012 in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province.
His unit took fire from an Afghan police officer. Townsend was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Townsend was a graduate of Claremore Sequoyah High School entering the U.S. Army. 

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