As the war in Iraq continues to claim lives, a community gathered to remember a fallen marine from Eastern Kentucky.
Family, friends, fellow marines and political leaders filled Pikeville City Park to remember a hero they lost one year ago, Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan Thornsberry, a husband, a father, the man they call Jon-Jon was determined to serve his country.
"Type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back, always there if you ever needed anything, someone to talk to at night," said Steve Auton.
The 22 year old Marine from Floyd County was killed in combat just 26 days into his second tour of duty in Iraq.
"One day he told me he was getting ready to deploy and I said I was going to deploy around the same time and that was the last time I got to see him," said Brian Greer.
His wife says her love with Jon was like no other.
"We loved each other from the moment we laid eyes on each other," she said.
And a poem reminds her how the love of her life was a man who didn't ask for much.
"If you have a place for me Lord, it needn't be so grand," she said.
For all those at the memorial, Jon-Jon's sacrifice and memory will not soon be forgotten.
Officials from the Marine Corps presented Lance Corporal Thornsberry's wife with a check for $30,000 dollars.