|Updated: 9/05 10:27 pm
||Published: 9/05 10:13 pm
Construction has begun on a memorial for a local fallen soldier. FOX23 has followed the progress of the Claremore Park Memorial for Private First Class Jon R. Townsend who was killed in action in Afghanistan last September.
Residents and local businesses have donated their time and money to make sure that the memorial is complete for the dedication on September 16th.
Rick Pitts is an electrician who donated his time to install lights and wiring for the plot. Dozens have helped in the effort to complete the memorial.
“We are at the last minute and we are trying to get it done at the last moment,” said Pitts.
The effort of the community has touched the hearts of the ones who knew PFC Jon Townsend the best.
His sister, Jennifer Tucker, told FOX23 that the community has rallied around the family this past year.
“We are trying to turn a bad day into a better day, not a good day but a better day,” said Tucker.
As an electrician , Rick said that his motivation is to get the lights operational for the memorial.
They aren’t just any lights.
“They will shine up onto the flag,” said Pitts.
The lights will illuminate the flag on the memorial for a young soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“I never served in the military,” said Pitts, “So whenever I have the change to something for somebody who has served in the military I am happy to do it.”