The Covington News - - Opinion -

It is the sol­dier, not the re­porter who has given us the free­dom of the press. It is the sol­dier, not the poet, who has given us the free­dom of speech. It is the sol­dier, not the cam­pus or­ga­nizer, who gives us the free­dom to

~ Fa­ther Den­nis Ed­ward O’Brien, USMC

We were sad­dened last week to hear of the death of a hero.

Maj. Wal­ter David Gray, 39, the fa­ther of three small and our fam­i­lies; he was killed in Afghanistan not by an en­emy sol­dier but by a coward sui­cide bomber.

Maj. Gray grew up on the Rock­dale/Wal­ton County line on Miller Bot­tom Road.

Pete Mecca wrote a mov­ing story about a cel­e­bra­tion of life for Maj. Gray. See Cov­ to read that story and visit Rock­ to see video of the can­dle­light vigil hon­or­ing Gray.

It takes a spe­cial per­son to be will­ing to go in harm’s way in or­der to put their life on the line to pro­tect peo­ple who are known and un­known; that’s the type of char­ac­ter that’s not taught — it’s in­bred.

We are sorry that Maj. Gray had to leave us so early. He was brave and way too young.

But ev­ery minute that we breathe, we are grate­ful that we have sol­diers like him posted in ev­ery world fron­tier spend­ing nearly ev­ery minute of their lives on alert to pro­tect you and your fam­ily from the type of cow­ards who took Maj. Gray’s life.

We salute you, Maj. Gray. Ev­ery time we look at our you who have paid the ul­ti­mate price for our free­dom.

The Lo­ganville High school class of 1992 has set up a spe­cial fund for Maj. Gray’s chil­dren. Call (770) 8835893 for de­tails. We en­cour­age you to con­trib­ute to their fu­ture.

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