By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A 35-foot-tall flagpole will be erected next to a granite memorial bench in the Preston City Park in coming weeks by the city to complete a project recognizing Cody O. Moosman for his ultimate sacrifice to his country and community.
Moosman lost his life last year on July 3 while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. The bench was placed in the park this July 3. Early that evening someone placed a single, long-stemmed red rose on it.
City officials on Monday gave Councilman Todd Thomas the green light to pursue the flagpole project.
“It will be lighted so a U.S. Flag and Idaho State Flag can be flown 24 hours per day on it. It will be placed just to the east of the bench between two trees,” said Thomas.
He said he hopes to get the flagpole installed in the near future to complete the memorial spearheaded by Preston resident Douglas Webb.
The bench was placed in the city park, 50 W. 200 N., near the Lions and Rotary Club shelters and adjacent to a playground area.
Webb said the bench is 14-by -2 inches and was placed on two posts. It was engraved on top with Moosman’s name. It also contains an inscription, “Gone, but not forgotten.” The inscription also includes mention of Moosman’s Bronze Star and Purple Heart, said Webb.
Specialist Moosman, 24, from Preston, died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
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