By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A memorial granite bench recognizing Cody O. Moosman for his ultimate sacrifice to his country and community was placed in the Preston City Park on July 3, exactly one year after he lost his life while serving in the Army in Afghanistan.
Early that evening someone placed a single, long-stemmed red rose on the bench.
Specialist Moosman, 24, from Preston, died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., according to the Department of Defense.
The bench was placed in the city park near the Lions and Rotary Club shelters and adjacent to a playground area.
Preston resident Douglas Webb, who has been spearheading the project, said the bench is 14-by-42 inches and was placed on two posts. It was engraved on top with Moosman’s name. It also contained an inscription, “Gone, but not forgotten.” The inscription also included mention of Moosman’s Bronze Star and Purple Heart, said Webb.
Preston City officials gave their approval for the memorial several months ago. Webb said a flagpole will be placed next to the bench in coming weeks.
“The memorial will allow friends, family and community members to take some ownership of the ultimate sacrifice Moosman made while serving in Afghanistan protecting our freedom,” Webb said.
Webb said he believes it was a “9-11 patriotic experience” for Franklin County when Moosman was returned to his hometown last July.
He said an account at the Lewiston State Bank Preston branch has been set up for anyone who would like to make a contribution to help defray costs associated with this memorial.
“We encourage anyone who would like to donate to contact the bank,” said Webb. “So far we’ve raised $750 of the estimated $1,500 cost. We appreciate all those who’ve participated so far.”
Josh Jones has helped coordinate efforts for the monument as part of an Eagle Scout project. DJ Concrete provided the cement work, Webb continued.
Franklin County Commissioners have given “their blessing” to the memorial and offered Webb support.
Last July hundreds and hundreds of people lined U.S. 91 all the way from the Utah/Idaho border through Franklin City and another five miles to Webb Funeral Home in Preston to honor Moosman as a motorcade bearing his remains passed by.
The body of Moosman was flown into the Logan-Cache Airport on a small jet from Dover Air Force Base, Del. in early July. An Honorable Transfer military ceremony at the airport was held prior to his funeral, which was held on July 13.
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