Fallen Soldier's Family Continues to Thank Those who Serve

Published 05/29 2013 10:49PM

Updated 05/30 2013 08:53AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) An American flag is raised in the center of a tribute for three young men just outside of St. Joseph City Hall.

Their lives were cut short defending the rights of so many.

"Any time I see anyone from the military, I always walk up and tell them thank you," said Jason Munger.

The boots sitting on the concrete slabs are a harsh reminder of the dangerous ground that was walked during combat so that others could walk free.

"He just always wanted to and he was always fascinated by his grandfather's pictures of the planes and so on being in the Air Force," said Terri Munger.

Josh Munger, a graduate of Central High School, was killed outside of Baghdad, Iraq in 2005.

His vehicle struck an IED, killing Munger and two others.

Munger's mother continues to carry on her son's patriotic love.

"The last day I talked to Josh, I was actually at a friend's funeral," said Munger. "He had called to see how my medical testing went. He was supposed to call me back because he had the dates wrong. The day he was supposed to call me back was the day Josh was killed. I know he died doing what he wanted to."

For the Mungers, they know Josh continues to watch from above.

There are even touching stories of his constant protection even through two house fires.

But it is a reminder the family said shows their soldiers is still protecting them.

"If you look at it, there's a lot of kids putting their lives on the line," said Jason Munger. "They deserve the respect that they earn everyday."

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