Pfc. Townsend memorial dedication slated for Monday
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
A memorial honoring Pfc. Jon Townsend is currently being built at Claremore Lake Park. The memorial will sit just east of the south entrance to the pedestrian bridge.
Claremore City Council members approved a request for the memorial on July 1. The design includes four metal benches surrounding an American flag and plaque engraved with Townsend’s information.
Townsend’s mother Katy Nelson said she is grateful for the support of the area businesses and residents who have helped bring the idea to life.
She said Claremore Electric donated three light poles and the street department will construct the sidewalk. Rick Pitts from Anderson Electric is currently installing additional lights which will directly illuminate the flag.
“The (memorial) is not just for our family, but for anybody who has loved ones who have died in the military,” said Nelson. The design enables room for more plaques to be added later.”
Nelson said she hopes to have the project completed before the dedication scheduled for Monday. The ceremony will reflect the impact Townsend made on his community and country.
Townsend was one of four American soldiers killed Sept. 16, 2012 in Afghanistan, after taking fire from an Afghan police officer. He entered the U.S. Army upon graduation from Claremore Sequoyah High School in 2011. Townsend was a soldier of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infanty Division, based at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington.
A Townsend memorial fund is open for donations at all BancFirst locations.