Memorial Day is for remembering the more the one million brave men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is solemn day especially for those who have lost someone close to them.
One of those lost was Army Sgt. John A. Lyons who was a resident of Seaside Park, New Jersey. On October 26, 2011 while serving During Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, John died of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire John was born in Peterborough, N.H., and resided in Seaside Park, most of his life. John was a 2003 graduate of Central Regional High School in Berkeley. He then attended Rutgers University and graduated with degrees in political science and Latin in 2008 and then was assigned to 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
In the Army John was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Overseas, Army Service and National Defense Ribbons and the Global War on Terrorism, for which he received Service and Expeditionary Medals. Lyons also led the winning team of the annual Bataan Death March Event in New Mexico.
Saturday, June 6, 1 mile at 8:30 a.m. 5K at 9 a.m., ORC Sgt John Lyons Run to Remember, Seaside Park, New Jersey
On Saturday, June 6, 2015 the 4th Annual Sgt. John A. Lyons Run to Remember which memorializes Sgt. Lyons will be held in his hometown of Seaside Park, New Jersey. Proceeds from the race this year will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Ocean Running Club Scholarship Fund. This year the Ocean Running Club will be actively involved in staging the event.
In addition to the 5K which starts at 9 a.m. there will also be a 1 mile fun run that starts at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and females as well as age group awards. Advance registration is recommended. The event should be a fitting tribute to a true hero who sacrificed his life for his country. Look for lots of red, white and blue.
John’s mother, Susan Smiley, resides in Seaside Park. His older brother Adam and his wife Meredith Lyons live in New Hampshire. They have two sons whom John adored. John’s sister, Lena Lyons, lives in Virginia. His grandmother, Gloria Smiley, Aunt Beth Merle, Uncle Tony Merle, and their three children live in Northern Jersey. His fiancé, Kristiani Endreson grew up in Florida. Many of them will be in attendance at will truly be an emotional event. John was due home about a month after he was killed. He was planning to help his brother with his business in New Hampshire. More information can be found on the event web site.
The summer racing season is really heating up and lots of events are coming up the next few weeks as well as into the summer. Get information on many of them on the RunCollege Running Calendar.