Visitation for Fallen Logan County Soldier

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Visitation was held in Lewisburg on Sunday for Cpl. Joshua Moore.

"He was one of those young soldiers that exemplified the commitment to protecting the freedoms of America", says Congressman Ed Whitfield.

The 20-year-old Russellville native died on May 30th in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device.

Moore was assigned to the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Hundreds of people turned up on Sunday at Lewisburg Elementary School for Josh's visitation.

"It's something you don't expect until it hits home", says Jon-Matthew Thomason, a friend of Joshua Moore.

Jon-Matthew Thomason is just one of hundreds of people who showed up to pay respect to Joshua.

"It's hitting the community pretty hard. It's brought the community together quite a bit", Jon said.

Jon had just seen Joshua last month when he was home from Iraq for a couple of weeks. He said being in the military was something Joshua truly believed in.

"I think he's an American hero for what he did for us", says Jon.

He isn't the only one who feels that way. From those that didn't know even know Josh....

"We're here to show our honor and respect for the fallen hero and his family and friends", says Patriot Guard Rider, Ted Seaman.

"We appreciate it very much and the nation appreciates the sacrifices that Josh made", says Congressman Ed Whitfield.

To those that knew him closest....

"My son and Josh were best friends", says Josh's neighbor, Terry Cole.

Terry Cole lives next door to Josh's parents. He says Josh was always stopping by, including the last time he was in town this past May.

"He said, Terry, we're doing good over there. I've reenlisted and we're doing good and I'm glad what I'm doing and it's just sad this happened but he was doing what he thought was right. He told me that himself", says Cole.

He says from signs, pictures, and even shirts friends and family members are wearing in honor of Josh, this fallen Logan County soldier will always be with them.

"He'll never be forgotten. The people of Logan County won't let him be forgotten", says Cole.

"Anybody that dies serving this country is an American hero and it will forever be that way", says Jon-Matthew Thomason.

Visitation for Cpl. Joshua Moore will continue Monday morning starting at eight.

His funeral will be held at one o'clock Monday afternoon at the Lewisburg Elementary School with the procession making a last ride around the Russellville Square.

His burial will be afterward at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed flags at all state office buildings to be lowered at half-staff until sunset on the day of Josh's funeral.


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