The loss of 30-year-old Sgt. Eric Timothy Lawson has saddened our community.
We express our condolences to his family and friends.
The Stockbridge man was serving his country when he was killed in action in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.
As a nation, we have lost sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and friends whether in Operation Enduring Freedom or in other conflicts and policing actions throughout the world.
Each loss is one too many.
These brave men and women serve selflessly.
While we call them heroes, they do not refer to themselves that way.
Hero is a tag we place upon them.
Soldiers simply say, “We were completing our mission, doing what had to be done.”
Whether Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, we all owe the brave men and women of our armed services a debt of gratitude.
Each day they put themselves in harm’s way in defense of our freedom.
Regardless of the conflict, regardless of political persuasion or ideology, military service is noble and the memories of those who have paid the price of freedom with their lives by making the ultimate sacrifice should always be honored.
The most patriotic citizens of the United States are our veterans, reservists and active duty military.
They believe in the principles of freedom, as they proudly wear the uniform.
There are other men and women in uniform that serve and protect us everyday in our own communities.
Law enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency personnel also serve at risk of peril in the interest of public safety.
Yes, soldiers and public safety officials may get paid for what they do, but what is the value of just one life?
Many of them could find far more lucrative careers, but they cannot see themselves doing anything else.
They take their oaths seriously.
When faced with life and death situations they generally consider their comrades, their mission or their calling to service long before they think of their own personal safety.
The families of those in uniform also make great sacrifice.
Imagine what it must be like when a husband, wife, father or mother leaves for work each day, to not know whether they will return safely to the comforts of their home and the arms of their loved ones.
Regardless of circumstances, the loss of someone we care about is difficult and creates a certain emptiness.
No words that we might express here can fill that empty place.
We understand the frailty of the written and spoken word in such a time as this.
Nevertheless, from the depths of our hearts, we express our most sincere thanksgiving to all men and women who wear the uniform, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of this fallen soldier.
God bless the U.S.A.
— by Editor Jim Zachary