Heartland community says goodbye to fallen soldier
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:39:06 GMT —
A community came together to honor and say goodbye to a fallen soldier.
Hundreds of people packed Milan Christian Church to say goodbye to Private First Class Jonathon Hostetter, 20.
His body was returned to the area Tuesday.
Family and friends remembered and celebrated his life Thursday.
He was a husband, son and brother.
Hostetter and another soldier were killed in Afghanistan August 23 when they were struck by an IED.
"Over the last couple of days, this city, this region and this state has been able to honor a true fallen American hero in a very solemn, respectful and patriotic manner," said Milan City Administrator Jim Onello.
Like many, Onello said Hostetter was taken too soon. â??He was doing what he wanted to do, which was serve his country. And, I think he served it very well."
Hostetter entered the army last September. He deployed to Afghanistan in April. This was his first deployment. The Patriot Guard Riders led the processional to the family to the cemetery.
To read more about PFC Jonathon Hostetter click HERE.