Family and friends filled Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg to celebrate the life of of Lieutenant Joshua Drablos.
“Since learning of Josh’s passing we felt a pain I never knew existed or could be felt,” says Joshua’s sister Anne Marie Drablos.
Two weeks ago Navy Lt. Joshua Drablos lost his life in a plane crash in Hawaii. His family is still reeling from the loss.
“I will tell you our collective emotion was not just disbelief of what had happened it was real anger at god,” says Joshua’s uncle Doug Drablos
One by one his family shared their grief at Joshua’s celebration of life ceremony.
“We felt numb and broken and at a complete and utter loss for words but despite all this pain we’ve seen so much love,” explains Anne Marie Drablos.
The former Jefferson Forest High School pole vault champion wasn’t just a son, brother, or a friend. He was someone who according to his uncle, loved to learn. In death his family is now learning from him.
“I want to take this tragedy and become a better version of myself learn to escape from some of the default settings and be that believer in greater heights,” states Doug Drablos.
Even though Lt. Drablos may be gone. His memory continues to the thrive.
“You see these are my people. Mom, Dad, Josh, John, and Katherine they’re my people and we lost our person on that airplane and that’s what makes it so hard but you know we’re resilient we’re strong we all stand united as family determined to show the world what love would’ve looked like because that’s what Josh would’ve wanted,” says Anne Marie Drablos.
Lt. Drablos will be given full military honors at the United States Naval Academy Thursday.