Resolution J2125-2013

Mourning the death of Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian and paying tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the United States Marine Corps

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  untimely death of Staff Sergeant
Eric D. Christian and paying tribute to  his  courageous  actions  as  a
member of the United States Marine Corps

WHEREAS,  It  is  the custom of this Legislative Body to memorialize and
honor the courage and bravery of members  of  the  United  States  Armed
Forces  who  have lost their lives while carrying out missions to ensure
our continued role as a nation which embodies the  ideals  of  democracy
and as a defender of liberty for people throughout the world; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to  mourn
the  untimely  death of Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian, who was killed
in action in Afghanistan on May 4, 2013, during his fifth tour of  duty;
and
  WHEREAS,  Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian joined the Marines in 2003,
in the wake of 9/11, and proudly served his country as a member  of  the
2nd  Marine  Special  Operations  Battalion,  U.S.  Marine  Corps Forces
Special Operations Command, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and
  WHEREAS, Staff Sergeant Christian was born in White Plains,  New  York
and  also  spent  some  of  his  childhood  years in Poughkeepsie; he is
survived by his mother and his three brothers, Chris, Phillip, and Mark;
and
  WHEREAS, Thirty-nine-year-old Staff Sergeant Eric  D.  Christian  was,
tragically, killed by an Afghan soldier while waiting for the high-rank-
ing  U.S.  officer and two intelligence officers he had led and escorted
to a meeting at an Afghan National Army base in Farah Province,  Afghan-
istan; and
  WHEREAS,  Staff  Sergeant  Christian was fittingly buried at Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday, May 21, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget  the  courage
with  which  members  of the United States Armed Forces have served this
great nation, and must recognize and honor the sacrifice of their  lives
to achieve and maintain peace and democracy; and
  WHEREAS,  The  freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military in times  of  conflict
or  tension; it is fitting and proper that we, who are the beneficiaries
of those who give their lives, leaving their  families  behind,  express
our  appreciation  and eternal gratitude for their sacrifices and coura-
geous acts; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to  publicly  honor
members  of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in
military service; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  untimely  death  of Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian, and to
express its deepest condolences to his family; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian.

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