Monday, May 13, 2013
Frisco Commons entryway will be renamed in honor of fallen veteran
There is no official timeline, but supporters hope the change can be made before Memorial Day.
FRISCO Cpl. Peter John Courcy died in Afghanistan in 2009, but the Frisco resident's memory will live on thanks to a vote by the City Council on Tuesday.
The council unanimously decided to name the entry road to Frisco Commons after Courcy, who died February 10, 2009, at Camp Salerno after sustaining injuries from a roadside bomb. Courcy was just 22 years old at the time of his death and mere weeks away from returning home from his tour.
No timetable was given for when the road will be officially designated "Cpl. Peter J. Courcy Circle," but the change has been considered extensively by city officials and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee. Lee Myrben, chair of the committee, said he hopes the change will take place before Memorial Day.
Council Member Tim Nelson, a U.S. Army Reserves captain who returned home in November, said the naming is something he looked forward to for a long time.
"Just recently I returned from a tour in Afghanistan, and one of the things that inspired me was I had the opportunity to see Peter every day -- I had a picture of him where I worked that I looked at every day," he said. "I appreciate everything he's done for us and the rest of America. I look forward to recognizing the other five veterans [from Frisco] who were killed in action [in other wars] at a future time so that we can remember them at their own special place within the city."
Frisco Commons is an appropriate place for Courcy's name to be commemorated, as the park is home to the city's Veterans Memorial. An expansion of the memorial that will add a walkway featuring names of local veterans is planned.
Fittingly, Courcy was born at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and friends and family said he "lived and breathed the army values," as Nelson put it. Courcy graduated from Frisco High School in 2004, and he was an active member in the community, serving on the city's ice hockey team as an assistant captain. He left behind a wife, Mara, and son, Anthony.
Courcy's mother, Mary Bush, was in attendance for the honor and said her son always dreamed of serving his country. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Bush said Courcy reaffirmed his desire to enter the military when they watched the twin towers fall.
"I just remember smiling and touching his hand, and in my heart I thanked God that he was just a sophomore in high school and that this war would probably be over with," she said. "Peter graduated in 2004, and he did not join the Army until 2006. That two-year gap was because he was waiting for his mother to finally accept the fact that he was going to enlist in the military and probably fight a war."
Mayor Maher Maso thanked Bush for her son's service and the legacy he left behind in the city, noting that the fallen soldier was remembered positively by those who knew him.
"I truly can't thank you enough -- thank you for being here tonight," he told Bush. "It's difficult to talk about it, but it was overwhelming how many people honored his memory. ... I know today there are still events going on in his memory, such as the Frisco Education Foundation scholarship [in his name] and the motorcycle ride in The Colony. His memory is eternal."
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