WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris from Mequon was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday morning, November 3rd.
Johnson-Harris, a 2012 graduate of Homestead High School in Mequon, was a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, and was on his first deployment in Afghanistan, when he was killed in a plane crash on October 2nd.
Hundreds lined the streets of Milwaukee on October 24th and dignitaries from near and far came to honor Johnson-Harris. This, as a lengthy motorcade accompanied his casket to Christian Faith Fellowship Church for Johnson-Harris' funeral.
"He died serving his country and I respect that -- and anybody who's flown or anybody who's served in our military respects that," said Obsee Sampson, retired Air Force.
Those who loved him and those who never knew him turned out to thank the 21-year-old for the way he lived his life and to say their final goodbyes.
"We had so much support today at Quinn's funeral. We are truly blessed," said Fatia Johnson, Johnson-Harris' sister.
Johnson-Harris' family and friends were joined by other service members and a long line of state and local officials, including Governor Scott Walker and both of the state's U.S. senators (Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson).
"There's no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends, for another. And while he's filled with a family that loves America, there's no greater way to show that love than to do what Quinn did," said Governor Walker.
While there were tears and tremendous sadness for those who knew him best, this was most definitely a celebration of the man that Johnson-Harris was -- and the fact that he lived.
"The main thing I want people to know about Quinn is that he was an awesome individual, cared about everyone, selfless and an amazing person," said Fatia Johnson.