Special tribute to Sgt. Justin Johnson, fallen Treasure Coast soldier, dedicated in Hobe Sound
3:47 PM, Aug 17, 2013
1:48 AM, Aug 18, 2013
HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- Family, friends and the members of the Banner Lake community gathered at Banner Lake Park on Saturday to dedicate an oak tree and a bench in memory of Sgt. Justin Johnson.
Johnson, who grew up in the Banner Lake community, was killed during an attack at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on June 18th.
"These mementos and memories for the family are just something that can't be duplicated for them. It's a very significant thing. They're going to be able to walk by here and see this tree, the beautiful bench, and it's all in honor of Justin," Jim Kamen, a ride captain at Patriot Guard Riders said.
Several dozen people, including Johnson's step father and mother, gathered at the park for the dedication.
"Words cannot express all of the gratitude for just the tremendous, tremendous outpouring of support and love," Sonia Randolph, Johnson's mother said. "This is something that will live on until the day that I take my last breath. This will live on in my mind and my heart and my soul because this was my only child."
Johnson joined the U.S. Army in 2006 and was on his third tour of duty.
He was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Johnson was posthumously honored with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
He is survived by his mother, his step father, two brothers, his grandmother, his fiancee and his four-year-old son.