Today, 6 June 2022, my brother John will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. It will be a big affair, and I wish I could be there.
John is my younger brother, twin to his brother Jim. Though John’s younger than me, he loomed larger than life. He led a distinguished military career achieving the rank of colonel and was on the front line of our nation’s cyber ops. If anyone knew the true depth of the threats we face from adversaries it was him.
I looked up to John and I learned some of life’s most valuable lessons from him. He taught me forgiveness through his example, and I lived life vicariously through him from behind these walls. He was always happy to run with me no matter what hair brained journey I took us on. He believed in me when I didn’t, and always helped me when I couldn’t help myself. He took my sadness and unselfishly lifted me until I could smile and believe in a future again.
Today I salute you brother. You did well and I am proud of the life you lived. You’ve given me the strength I need to grab ahold of the future and make it my own. Every memory I have of you is fond and I am thankful god gave us the time we had. There’s a song by Brantley Gilbert called “We’re Gonna Ride Again” and brother it’s true. We’re gonna ride again and I need you to hold things down until then. In the mean time I’ll finish what we started.
I Love You Bro’,
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Susan, Kristi, Jared, Roxanne, and I all made it out. Jared held his hand over his heart the entire service. Thought about you throughout the day.We love you buddy.
Hey Jeremy, thank you for making it to John’s ceremony. It means a lot to me. I miss you, Maria, and the kids. — Christopher
We’re sitting at Dulles airport (2 hours delayed so far!) and sending our love. We missed you yesterday. ♥️ Mom sends a big hug!
I love you, Sis! I love you, Mom! You guys are always on my mind and in my heart. — Christopher
I’m sorry for your loss Christopher, john sounds like an amazing brother.
Regardless of the blips that life tosses our way, you guys are truly a band of brothers.
I’m sorry for your loss.
It has been two years since you’ve been gone John and I love you and miss you.
It’s almost 2 years since you’ve been gone brother and my heart still aches. I miss you so much John.