“In Scouting we are one big family,” said Gustavo Ramirez, Troop Leader of Troop 1569. “There is not much we can do for the family, but we wanted to come out and show our respect.”
Ramirez was there with some of his children who are in Scouting and other boys from his Troop all standing with honor, holding American flags to welcome home Pfc. Cody Towse.
American flags flew at half mast in respect for the fallen soldier who proudly served his country in hopes of helping others. Although a somber moment honoring one who was so young, the flag procession inspired feelings of patriotism, gratitude and sorrow for those who lose their life in the service of the freedoms we enjoy as a nation..
Police, fire department and military were part of the procession that rolled down Main Street to honor one of America’s soldiers. Many from the community came with American flags, some stopped to ask what was going on and stayed to honor this fallen soldier.
Pfc. Cody Towse returned home to his family after serving his country in Afghanistan. He was killed on May 14, 2013 trying to assist injured solders after a roadside explosion. A secondary explosion killed the Salem, Utah resident.
Pfc. Cody Towse sacrificed his life by living the Scout oath: “On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
We at the Utah National Parks Council offer our sincere condolences to the family of Pfc. Cody Towse. His life of noble service and sacrifice has touched many and will continue to do so.
Funeral services for Pfc. Cody Towse will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Salem Hills HIgh School. Governor Herbert and Rep. Jason Chaffetz will be speaking.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the PFC Cody Towse Memorial Scholarship Fund at any Wells Fargo bank or Zions bank branch or at Cody’s Tropical Sno Shave Ice Shack, 495 N. Main, Springville; at PartyLand locations in Lehi, Orem, Springville and St. George; or through Facebook via Paypal: facebook.com/#!/pages/Cody-Towse/12724990745894?fref=ts
Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council.