A Community Bids Farewell To A Hero

2/6/12 – A tearful farewell to a Mayville soldier who was remembered in his hometown this weekend. First Lt. David Johnson was killed in Afghanistan on January 25th. The last three days saw a number of opportunities for the public to pay their respects to the 24-year-old. Visitations were held at the high school where Johnson graduated on Saturday and Sunday. Military rights and a flag folding presentation took place yesterday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial in the City Park. And well over a thousand people lined the streets of Horicon and Mayville on Friday to hold flags while a motorcade carrying Johnson’s body brought him back home. John Oathout made the trip from Beaver Dam to pay his respects and says he came out to support the family and let them know we appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made. Johnson’s father Andrew is the publisher of the Dodge County Pioneer and in their Thursday edition, a statement from the family read (quote): “We want people to know we feel so privileged to have been David’s parents and siblings and that David was able to grow up in such a fine community…We are so very proud of our son…in all that he accomplished in his short life.” The headline on the story read: “All Gave Some, David Gave All.”

Click below to view video of the February 3rd motorcade procession in Horicon and Mayville:

Click below to see video of the January 27th Wreath Ceremony: