SALEM -- The family of an Army medic who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month attended a Memorial Day service on Monday.
Spc. Cody Towse, 21, was giving aid to a fellow soldier on May 14 when he was killed in a bomb explosion.
Towse had told his father that he felt alone in his fight to protect the freedoms of the American people.
"It just makes me feel horrible that that's the way he felt when he died - is that nobody over here cares," said Jim Towse, Cody's father. "He said it's a forgotten war."
The Towse family wants to keep Cody's memory alive by taking care of the men and women still fighting and to honor their courage and patriotism beyond Memorial Day.
"We just want to do everything we can to make those boys back there know that they are loved and thought about and prayed for," said Jamie Towse, Cody's mother. "I believe they are in our community. It's been wonderful here."
Cody's body will be returned to Utah on Wednesday. He will then be buried at the Salem City Cemetery on Saturday next to Lance Cpl. Nigel Olsen, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.