Madison, Indiana's first Iraq War casualty is being remembered as a true hero - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Madison, Indiana's first Iraq War casualty is being remembered as a true hero

Madison, Indiana's first Iraq War casualty is being remembered as a true hero.  More than 600 people paid their respects to specialist Jonathan Menke as he was laid to rest in Madison.

Along the streets of Madison, people of ages lined up holding American flags.  They put their hands on their heart.  It's all to honor Madison's first Iraq war casualty, Specialist Jonathan Menke.

Menke is remembered as an athletic, outgoing kid who decided to join the military during high school.

More than 600 people, including Governor Mitch Daniels, filled Madison High School to remember the 22-year-old.  His casket was draped with the American Flag.

During the service, his pictures were everywhere as people remembered the good times with Menke.

The Indiana National Guardsman was killed August fourth in Iraq when a bomb went off as his Military Police Company was on a patrol.

An Indianapolis MP was also killed in the blast.

Menke was buried at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

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