The Columbus East Alumni Association meets each year to discuss candidates to add to its Wall of Fame at the high school. The honor is intended to recognize contributions and accomplishments made by East graduates.

This year’s selection couldn’t be more appropriate: U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter.

The 2011 East graduate found his calling in the Army, excelling and moving up the ranks with promotions while serving his country.

But it was in that service to the U.S. that he paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedom of Americans. Hunter, 23, was killed Aug. 2 in an attack on a NATO convoy near the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar.

It was Hunter’s first deployment in his 16-month military career.

The community showed its appreciation for Hunter’s service and paid its respects to him as thousands lined a 4.5-mile route as his remains were transported Aug. 22 from Columbus Municipal Airport to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home. On Aug. 26, about 600 people attended Hunter’s military funeral at Columbus East High School.

Now the high school is showing its appreciation for Hunter’s service, success and sacrifice.

He will be the sole inductee in East’s fifth Alumni Wall of Fame class. Hunter will be recognized during a reception at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the high school, with the award presented during halftime of the boys basketball game against Franklin.

Hunter served his country well and made his hometown proud. His selection to East’s Alumni Wall of Fame is a fitting tribute.