Family of fallen soldier is getting closer to building memorial

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/09/2013 9:33 pm Published: 8/09/2013 7:46 pm

A peaceful park in Claremore will soon be the site of a memorial for a local fallen soldier.
Private First Class Jon R. Townsend of the United States Army was killed in September of 2012. His mother and sister told FOX23 that they carry his memory with them everywhere they go.

“The whole process of losing Jon up until now has been a very rock situation,” said Jon’s sister, Jennifer Tucker.

Katy Nelson said she still sometimes waits for the phone to ring, thinking that it may be her son.

“With him being my youngest it’s just hard to believe that he is gone sometimes,” said Katy.

The two told FOX23 that focusing on the fundraising and design efforts for the Jon Townsend Memorial at a local Claremore park gives them strength.

“This place was significant to Jon,” said Jennifer, “It’s quiet and peaceful.”

Katy showed FOX23 a sketch of the memorial that they hope will be completed by September. She said that the memorial has been approved by the city. It will be a cement walkway to a center plaque with benches surrounding it. It will have two flags in the middle. One will be the Killed in Action flag, and the other will be the United States of America flag. Nelson said each bench will have the names of the people who donated the most money to the memorial engraved on it.

Katy said that the family is three-fourths of the way complete in their fundraising efforts. She said that the Claremore Street Department, Claremore Electric, Disabled Veteran and Anderson Electric were just a few of the local organizations that have donated to the fund.

On Friday the Claremore Fire Department Union donated a $1,000 dollar check to the memorial.

“Mr. Townsend paid the ultimate sacrifice and I feel that he needs to be recognized on a daily basis and not just once in a parade,” said Chris Hayes with the fire department. “I can’t think of a better cause to donate to.”

Katy said that she is incredibly grateful to the community for their generosity.

“My heart is full and I’m so happy my community is the way that it is.”

To donate to PFC Jon Townsend’s memorial, visit Banc First in Claremore off Lynn Riggs Blvd. and Blue Star Drive. The fund is under PFC Jon Townsend.

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