Memorial for Pfc. Jon Townsend, Claremore man killed in action one year ago, revealed Monday

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Family and friends gathered Monday to dedicate a memorial site for Pfc. Jon Townsend near Claremore Lake.

The service included music, speeches and a 21-gun salute, all in Townsend's name. 

Monday marks one year since the Claremore teen was killed in Afghanistan.

Townsend was killed at the age of 19, along with three others, in an attack from an Afghan police officer. He was the youngest of three children and enlisted in the U.S. army at 17 years old.

The memorial is simple; four benches with Townsend's initials surrounding a flag pole. It was designed not just for the soldier, but other families as well. 

Townsend's mother, Katy Nelson, says she hopes that there doesn't need room made for other names, but she does want any family in Claremore to have a place to remember those killed in action.

"Anybody else in the community that has a son or a daughter that is killed in action and in our community, there will be room to add them to our memorial. It is just not for our son," Nelson said.

Nelson says the family will be adding a bronze plaque with her son's picture in the coming weeks.

The family will continue to raise money to maintain the memorial and replace flags as they wear out. 

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