This newspaper article regarding the funeral of Irwin Jonas was just shared with me. I have wrote of Irwin’s life previously. Family history is an ongoing endeavor with little nuggets appearing from time to time!
I don’t know which newspaper this article was published. I do know that Irwin died 11 July 1944 in Saint-Lo, Normandy, France. He was actually buried 6 February 1948 in Richmond, Cache, Utah, almost four years later. But this article sounds like a memorial service held within weeks or months afterward, and not with Irwin’s body actually present. It is my understanding he was buried for a time in France, then brought home years later. I cannot imagine having to deal with this as his parent, widow, or family member.
“Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Richmond South ward chapel for Sgt. Irwin Jonas who was killed in France on July 11. Bishop E. M. Hicken will preside and Commander Neal Hillyard of the American Legion Post 33 will conduct the services.
“The program has been arranged as follows: Advance of colors; selection, The Lord’s Prayer, by the ladies’ chorus; invocation, Hyrum Hansen; solo, My Task, C. I. Stoddard; poem composed by Leona Carson and dedicated to the son of Sgt. Jonas will be read by Bishop E. M. Hicken; talk, Scoutmaster A. J. Mendenhall, Jr.; duet, Resignation, Florence and Rebecca Lewis; talk, O. L. Ballam; violin solo, J. W. Pulsipher; talk, William Jonas of Salt Lake City; and Lt. Commander G. Ellis Doty; selection, the Flag Without a Stain, Ladiers’ chorus; retiring of colors, taps, and benediction, J. W. Stoddard.
Isn’t it amazing where our society is now found? Due to the sacrifice of people like Irwin, we have the right to fight over what we can see and how we can treat each other? Without that freedom protected Irwin, we might all be dead, speaking another language, or without the rights of speech or equal protection. Rather than defend those rights and use them, we would rather trample the symbol of them. But that too is protected speech. But let us be careful that we actually use the right so much that we divide and undermine and actually lose it in doing so.