Annual 5K honors student lost in combat

GANNETT Syndication Service John Lystad, Staff Writer
Published 12:39 p.m. ET March 10, 2019
Runners began their 5K route at Langford Green, in front of Doak Campbell Stadium. (Photo: John Lystad/FSView)On Saturday, March 9, hundreds of students, veterans, friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of an American hero and member of the Florida State University family.That morning, the FSU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) organized the sixth Annual 2LT Justin Sisson 5K Run/Walk to honor Second Lieutenant Justin Sisson, an FSU graduate.In 2012, Sisson graduated from FSU and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 2013, he was deployed to Afghanistan, where on June 3, at the age of 23, he lost his life to a suicide bomb while defending citizens in Pakistan.“This is something we talk about at Florida State University a lot; we talk about our family,” said Florida State University President John Thrasher, an army veteran. “We talk about how we pull together in times of hardship in times of difficulty. But we also pull together in times of celebration, and this truly is a celebration of a life of a patriot and a great American, and we should always remember that.”During his time as an FSU student, Sisson served as the cadet battalion commander and color guard captain. He was instrumental in the founding of Students for America’s Military, an on-campus organization designed to “provide support for our men and women in our armed forces — past, present and future.”“We’re here to celebrate the life of Second Lieutenant Justin Sisson,” said Thrasher during his opening remarks. “Justin lived a legacy of service, not only from his standpoint in the military, but certainly here at FSU also.”Sisson’s parents, who are also FSU graduates, created the Second Lieutenant Justin Sisson Outstanding Cadet Award in their son’s memory to honor the …

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