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Memorial to honor southern Indiana Marine who died in operations against ISIS

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- For the first time, we're hearing from the parents of the first American to be killed in operations against ISIS as a monument will soon go up in his honor.

The memorial will be constructed at Wilkerson Park in Sellersburg, Ind. with Marine Corporal Jordan Spears as the first name engraved in the stone.

“It means a lot to us and to a lot of family and friends as well,” said Jordan's mother, Cosette Spears.

It's dedicated to the lives lost in the Global War on Terrorism from the Sellersburg, Memphis, Henryville and Borden Communities. Jordan Spears' name currently stands alone on the monument.

Sellersburg Town Councilman Brad Amos, along with the Spears family, has been working on the memorial since the start of the year.

“Here is something that the town can remember as well as a place you can come visit other than just going to the cemetery,” Amos said.

The 21-year-old Spears died in October in a training accident in the Arabian Sea.

“You know you just ... you hope that they wouldn't be forgotten,” Cosette Spears said.

It's a way to remember his bravery and for his parents to reflect on the memory of their youngest child of six.

“Jordan was really soft-hearted, but hard-headed. He got it in his head to do something and he would do it, but he was very sweet and generous,” Cosette Spears said.

Jordan's father Greg Spears said one of the things he got into head was becoming a Marine -- enlisting when he was just 17-years-old. Dedicated to a life of service, his family says he died doing what he loved -- but even that realization doesn't make it any easier.

“Every day is hard. Some days are better than others and we do take comfort in our family,” Cosette Spears said.

This park will bring a new source of comfort to the Spears family, with each visit holding a special place in their hearts.

“Every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, I'm sure his birthday, you know ... many times,” Cosette Spears said.

As for Jordan, his parents say he'd be smiling.

“He would be so proud to know this was up here,” Cosette Spears said.

Construction on the monument will start next week and be completed by the Fourth of July. If you would like to make a donation to the nearly $10,000 memorial, donations can be made out to “Wilkerson Park Memorial” and sent to the Sellersburg Town Hall at 316 E. Utica Street, Sellersburg, IN 47172

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