By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston City officials on Monday gave their approval to a proposed memorial in the Preston City Park recognizing Cody O. Moosman for his ultimate sacrifice to his country and community this past summer.
Specialist Moosman, from Preston, was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in July.
Preston resident Douglas Webb proposed to the council that a memorial bench of granite and inscription, along with a flag pole, be placed in the Preston City Park near the Lions and Rotary Club shelters and adjacent to the playground area.
Webb said the memorial would allow friends, family and community members to take some ownership of the ultimate sacrifice Moosman made while serving in the Army in Afghanistan protecting our freedom.
Webb told the city council he believes it was a 9-11 patriotic experience for Franklin County when Moosman was returned to his hometown in July.
Webb told the council an account in the Lewiston State Bank Preston branch has been set up for anyone who would like to make a contribution to help with costs associated with this memorial, he said. “We encourage anyone who would like to donate to contact the bank.”
There has already been an offer for donated labor and material for the cement work, Webb continued. “Prior to the placement of the bench, I will bring to you city officials a picture of a professionally designed inscription for your approval.”
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson applauded Webb for his efforts. No time frame for completion of the project was announced at the meeting.
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