Funeral held for cyclist

Burke gets military honors at Arlington

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Dr. Matthew Burke was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday.

Matthew Burke was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in October.   Special
Matthew Burke was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in October.

Burke, a U.S. Army major and orthopedic surgeon at Fort Gordon, was on a group bicycle ride Oct. 1 when he was struck from behind by a Dodge Durango on Beech Island Avenue.

He died in February from the injuries he suffered in that wreck.

The Durango's driver, Daniel Johnson, is out on bond after being charged with reckless homicide.

Burke's brother, Paul, wrote in an e-mail Wednesday night that 75 of his brother's friends, family and military colleagues attended the service just outside Washington, D.C. Among them was his widow, Bonnie Burke, and 1-year-old daughter, Anna Ryan.

Together, they walked behind the horse-drawn caisson bearing Burke's casket. He was buried near the intersection of York and Halsey drives in Arlington, Va., with a view of the Pentagon Memorial and Pentagon.

Brig. Gen. Bryan Gamble, Burke's commanding officer at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, made remarks before family members placed roses on the casket. A 21-gun salute and the playing of taps closed the ceremony.

Paul Burke called it an "altogether fitting and moving tribute to Matt's character, service, and achievements."

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Cadence 04/01/11 - 03:27 pm
I bet it was a lovely

I bet it was a lovely service.

Chief Nocahoma
Chief Nocahoma 04/16/11 - 06:56 am
Such a sad tragic loss for

Such a sad tragic loss for his family and the community. I'm saddened to the core.
Would love to see the community put together an event such as an annual century ride that honors Dr Burke and brings awareness to the issue of safe cycling. The funds raised through ride fees and donations in excess of the costs could be donated to the education fund for Dr Burke's daughter. Something similar has been done in Monroe for another bicyclist, Tony Serrano, who was killed by automobile.

Greg Burlingame
Greg Burlingame 04/21/11 - 05:12 pm
Nice idea, I thankyou and i'm

Nice idea, I thankyou and i'm sure that the rest of the family would greatly appreciate it, if this was followed through with. God Bless you in your endeavors.

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