Freedom ….. And Pfc. Jonathan Reed Posey, Jr. Is Finally Home
Americans today are celebrating a somber occasion and one which has defined our fellow countrymen for over 200 years. A willingness to die to be free. Today thousands will decorate graves and flags of honor for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice will be flown everywhere. (At least they should be.) Parades and observances from small town USA to the largest US cities will take place and families will remember those from their own households who paid for their freedom.
Freedom is something that has defined Americans and set them apart from a world of socialists and “government knows best” ideologies. Freedom is something that people give to themselves through shared work and sacrifices because they believe in the premise that God made man in His own image and that God made man to be free. Like every worthwhile thing that we enjoy our freedom comes with a tremendous price.
This year the reality of our Freedom and its cost rang true for Sue Harris of The Harris Family from Texas. Sue shared the story of her uncle who had been missing for over 60 years and whose remains had been identified and finally returned to America for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
Pfc. Jonathan Reed Posey, Jr. from Dallas, TX was assigned to Battery L, 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, of the 1st Marine Regiment in Yuami’ni. The 20 year old soldier gave his life for his country on Dec. 2nd, 1950 in one of the most brutal battles of the Korean War.
More than 7900 US servicemen are still unaccounted for more than 60 years after the conflict with North Korea.
Sue Harris had this to say about the return home of a brave 20 year old man who gave his life on the battlefield more than 60 years ago. Today we honor the memory of Pfc. Jonathan Reed Posey, Jr. and thank his family for their sacrifice.
“In this photo, inside that casket draped with the American flag, is the remains of PFC Jonathan Reed Posey, Jr., my Uncle, whom at age 20 went missing in the Korean War in December 1950. Last August, I got to watch the U.S. Marine Corp give him a hero’s welcome home and a proper burial at the Arlington National Cemetery. It was first class from start to finish and was truly a moving experience. One I will never forget. My dad, his brothers and Uncle Johnnie’s widow finally got closure on a death that took place 63 years earlier. I’m thankful for my Uncle Johnnie and his service to our country, as well as the countless others who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The events of last August will certainly make this Memorial Day more special to me and my family. Let us not simply have a day off work to rest and play, but let us take a few moments to remember those who died fighting for our great nation.”