COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Family, friends and fellow Marines filled the Bridge Church on 2nd Avenue in downtown Columbus Saturday to celebrate and honor the life of Lance Corporeal Raymon Lee-Allen Johnson.
The Columbus native was killed last week by an explosive device in Afghanistan.
"Although he's not physically here, he is still here. In the small whisper of the night, in the still of the day, and the rustling of the trees, and the problem song, and the crest of waves, and the clouds driving by, and the coolest of the breeze, in your heart forever, that is where he will be," a relative said.
Johnson's life was celebrated through song, inspirational dance and through stories told by the people who knew him best, including his identical twin brother Ramon.
"In the mirror every morning, I will realize that you are no longer in this world. But just know that I'm going to take care of your god-daughter and your friends. Don't you worry, I've got your back," he said.
City officials issued a special proclamation at the funeral services, naming Saturday October 23rd Lance Corporeal Raymon Johnson Day.
The Johnson family also accepted congressional honors from Congressman Sanford Bishop on behalf of their son's courageous efforts.