Commission unanimously supports idea of bench, flag pole
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County Commissioners on Monday gave their “blessing” to a proposed memorial recognizing Cody O. Moosman for his ultimate sacrifice to his country and community in the current Middle East conflict.
Specialist Moosman, from Preston, was killed this summer in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan.
Preston resident Douglas Webb proposed to commissioners that a memorial bench of granite, along with a flag pole, be placed in the Preston City Park.
He said it would allow friends, family and community members to take some ownership of the ultimate sacrifice Moosman made in Afghanistan protecting our freedom. “He will not be forgotten,” said Webb.
The commission collectively asked if there would be room on the bench for another inscription should the community lose a second soldier. Webb said there would be room.
“We’ve set up an account in the Lewiston State Bank Preston branch for anyone who would like to make a contribution to help prepare this memorial,” he said.
Commissioner Richard Westerberg said they (the commission) passed a motion unanimously supporting the effort.
“We are supporting this effort to recognize the sacrifice of Spc. Moosman. This helps us all remember where we have come from and where we are going.
“We are supporting Mr. Webb any way we can and encourage the public to make donations for this project,” said Commissioner Scott Workman.
Webb said he plans to make this proposal to the Preston City Council when it meets on Sept. 24 and ask for its consideration and approval.
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