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======== UPDATED 1/16/11 ==========
Burial Detail: Monday, January 17th, 2011
Time: 1030 hrs
Location: McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, 2084 Horseblock Road, Medford, 11763 (631-732-1112)
Detail: Honor Guard at FH for arrival of LT Jennings family then proceeding to CNC for final service.
Ride Captain: LW "Ace" Murphy USVMC-LI
Arrival time at Calverton should be 1200 hrs
======== ORIGINAL POST ========

Brothers, Friends, Riders,

We have been requested to Stand & Honor US Army Lt. John Patrick Jennings, by his Fiancee & Family.

Wake Date: Friday, January 14th, 2011
Time: 1400-1600 hrs (2-4) & 1900-2100 hrs (7-9)
Location: McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, 2084 Horseblock Road, Medford, 11763 (631-732-1112)
Detail: Standing Honor Flag Line

Funeral Mass: Saturday, January, 15th, 2011
Time: 1015 hrs
Location: St. Sylvester RC Church, 68 Ohio Avenue, Medford, 11763-2667
Detail: Stand Honor Guard during Mass.

Burial Detail: Monday, January 17th, 2011
Time: 0900 hrs
Location: McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, 2084 Horseblock Road, Medford, 11763 (631-732-1112)
Detail: Escorting to Calverton National Cemetery & Honor Guard
Ride Captain: LW "Ace" Murphy USVMC-LI

"John graduated Hofstra University with an Undergraduate Law degree in 2001 and as a Second Lt. from the ROTC program. He served in the National Guard with the 101st Calvary and was commissioned as First Lt in 2003. From Sept. 2004 to Oct. 2005, John was sent to Iraq attached to the New York 69th Infantry, Mechanized. For 11 months and 1 day, John participated in the gruesome fighting the 69th had to endure. The experience left permanent scars.

John suffered for over five years with debilitating PTSD and physical trauma acquired during military service in Iraq. His PTSD, with all the associated problems, plagued his process through everyday life. Finding work and keeping a job was a full time effort in itself. Yet, he pulled himself up after each episode and kept going day after day. He found a loving woman and was set to be married. He rescued a pet dog that would bring him endless enjoyment. During the good times, he was a pleasure to be with. During the dark times, seeing his pain was excruciating. He even reached out to a Newsday reporter, with his story, exposing his illness, in order to help promote PTSD awareness. In the end, he gave the best fight a man could. He was only 34 years old."

Family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

If anyone is in possession of Region 9 flags, can they please be dropped off at the funeral home prior to wake hours - Thank you.

Thank you for all that you do,
LW "ACE" Murphy
USVMC-LI, Vice President
Patriot Guard Riders, Ride Captain
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