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      Heartland community remembers fallen hero

      PFC Jonathan Hostetter Memorial stone in Milan Stadium.

      The Milan community paid special tribute to a Heartland hero Friday night.

      A flagpole was dedicated in honor of private Jonathan Hostetter, who was killed in the line of duty in August.

      Hostetter was serving in Afghanistan when he and another soldier were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED).

      Now the memorial at the Milan School Stadium serves as a reminder of the price Hostetter and many other Sullivan County veterans have paid for our freedom.

      Hostetter's family, State Representative Nate Walker, and many other members of the Milan community were present for Friday night's event.

      "It's an honor to be able to commemorate him in this way and attribute to him and the other veterans of Sullivan County, we're just delighted to be a part of that. I'm very grateful," said Milan Schools Superintendent Kim Johnson.

      The memorial was made possible by a donation from the Kansas City Law Firm Spencer Fane, Britt and Browne.

      All components of the memorial were made in Milan, and the U.S. and Missouri State flags were donated by Rep. Nate Walker.