Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Goodbye To a Hero

Up here in the great north the weekend was dominated by the arrival and funeral of Johnathan Benson. I attended the visitation on Saturday and witnessed the funeral procession on Monday morning. I must say that the city was at its best and many came out in the rain Monday morning to bid Johnathan a final goodbye.

Governor Tim Pawlenty attended the funeral on Sunday and did so without fanfare. As my editor described, she didn't even know he was there until he got up to speak. She has the story on the solemn event.

I spoke with a friend or two of Johnathan's on Saturday and they all said the same thing. A very sweet guy with a great sense of humor and an unstoppable desire to fight for his country.

Semper Fi Johnathan. You were the real deal.

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