February 22, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Family and friends came together this morning to honor fallen hero 2LT Justin Sisson at Landis Green. Student's For Americas Military put on the run, where more than 500 runners took part in raising thousands of dollars. 2LT Sisson was killed while serving in Afghanistan in April of 2013. 2LT Sisson's parents were at the race and they said it's an honor to see Justin's memory live on.
"We didn't expect this many folks. To us it's a testament to Justin. He knew so many people here and everybody has been great. The good news is we're going to raise and awful lot of money for his foundation so that these kids can continue their education," said Kevin Sisson, 2LT Sisson's Father.
All of the money raised from the 5k went to The Justin Sisson Outstanding Cadet Award, which will be presented annually to an FSU Army ROTC Cadet.
Family, friends and members of the Florida State ROTC program gathered for a memorial service to honor 23 year old Justin Sisson.
I spoke with one of the speakers after the service Amy Colon and she says Sisson had a helping heart and wishes more people could have attended the memorial. "This memorial is only the people here, the people that could have made it. If everyone that Justin impacted had showed out we would fill a room 10 times bigger than this. Justin really affected every because he was such a good personality."
Described as a leader by many with an unconquered spirit Sisson is a 2012 graduate of Florida State University in their ROTC program. While serving his second deployment he and another soldier were killed in June by a suicide bomber whose vehicle exploded near them in Tsamkan, Afghanistan. Sisson was part of the 1st Battalion, 506Th Infantry Regiment, 4Th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
When talking with a former roommate Joshua Peters says he Sisson's was someone he looked up to dearly, "As a person overall Justin has been a very inspiring, very extraordinary person for me personally in just the way he lived his life and demonstrated his values day in and out. "
Sisson joined the National Guard during his undergraduate career because of the training opportunities offered. Between his sophomore and junior year he took a year off from school to be deployed to Iraq. He rose to the rank of Corporal and earned a bronzed star for exemplary performance. While in school Sisson majored in Military Science and History. Sisson led an FSU Army ROTC Team to finish first place overall in the 2011 Ranger Challenge.