|Updated: 9/17/2013 9:21 am
||Published: 9/16/2013 8:08 pm
A memorial dedication for a fallen soldier takes place on the anniversary of his death
Sept. 16 will never, ever, be an easy day for Katy Nelson and Jennifer Tucker. On Sept. 16, 2012, their son and brother, Pfc. Jon R. Townsend of the United State Army was killed in action in Afghanistan.
The past 365 days have been full of grieving, healing and building for the two women.
"It's hard because he was my baby brother," said Tucker.
The two told FOX23 that because of the love, time and dedication from the community of Claremore they have been able to turn a tragic day into a more hopeful day.
"I think he would be proud of what we have done here," said Tucker.
The community of Claremore gathered at Claremore Park to dedicate the memorial on Monday. FOX23 followed the journey as a plot of land transformed into the vision that Tucker designed.
The memorial was approved by the city and has a cement walkway to a center plaque with benches surrounding it. It has two flags in the middle, one is a Killed in Action flag, and the other is a United States American flag.
Nelson said that the memorial wouldn't have been possible without the generous donations from local businesses and help from community members.
"I'm just so grateful and thankful for all of the community members who stood up to help," said Nelson.
The hard work now showcases a lasting tribute for a young man who gave everything he had for his country.
"Seeing all of this makes me very proud of Jon," said Nelson, "That he did what he did."