3,4, or 5 rounds
20 Plate squats
5,7 or 10 push ups
15 or 30 sit ups
Today we honor a hometown hero from Seaside Park.
1 Mile Run
John Alden Lyons, my perfectly imperfect brother grew up in Seaside Park, NJ. John was a 2003 graduate of Central Regional High School in Bayville, NJ. He then attended Rutgers University and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Latin in 2008. He soon enlisted and was assigned to 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He certainly didn’t have to join the Army, his opportunities were endless in civilian life. Whatever it was specifically that prompted such service is unbeknownst to me, but his mind was unchanging, his arm couldn’t be twisted, he was absolutely dedicated and set on this particular path. He became very successful in his military career, moved up the ranks hastily and achieved a great deal of accomplishments.
On October 26, 2011 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Sgt. John Lyons died of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.
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.
As one could only imagine, to friends and family – this abrupt reality was horribly devastating. We all knew he was in harms way, but he’d managed to stay out of harms way for the majority of his time overseas. He had about a month remaining when we received that knock on the door in the middle of the night. The news of death was dreadfully, shockingly, devastating indeed. His life, his existence, his abrupt death – unimaginably life altering for all of us.
He was remarkably magnificent. Anyone that had the chance of meeting him could attest to such. In my view, his qualities were unmatched – he was a perfect blend of great qualities from my Mom and Dad. He was the best of both worlds.
I’m very thankful that his name, his spirit, his energy continues to live on through many phases of this world we live within. It is a continued honor to be his older sister.
– Lena Lyons