Jonathan 9.11.1977 – 8.10.1988
Who? I’d like you to meet my brother, Jonathan. He would have been 37 years old today. Born in Bitburg, Germany on Bitburg Air Base, and died in Maywood, IL and Loyola University Medical Center. My brother died tragically while riding bikes with 2 other friends. He was hit by a car and sustained injuries that took his life. In his death, he was able to give others life by donating organs. Hope in the midst of absolute tragedy, devastation, and loss. We still miss him everyday, but on days like today, he is in the forefront of our minds. Happy Birthday little brother. I can’t wait to see you again in the clouds.
I’m sure you remember the tragedy and loss that people simply now only refer to as 9.11. It definitely brought a whole new perspective to an already seared date for me. Do you remember where you were, what you were doing, or who you were with? I do. I remember being in shock and saying…”we’re at war.”
I don’t know that anyone put it quite as well as Alan Jackson did. Faith. Hope. Love. God Bless you wherever you are on this September 11, 2014. May peace shelter your souls, love fill your hearts, and hope dry your tears.