2010-02-12 / Opinions & Editorial

Remembering Jonathan

Jonathan Roberge died in Iraq on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 — serving Leominster and the nation during a time of extreme danger.

He was only 22 years old, he was not drafted into service, but volunteered to put his life on the line for his country.

Without question, this past year has been terribly hard for the Roberge family. They have shown such grace and honor — attending numerous events throughout the year to honor Jonathan, healing the community as well as themselves.

The loss of Jonathan last year was not just felt by his friends and family, but by all of Leominster. Those who knew Jonathan still remember his easygoing nature and kindness, and most of all - his infectious smile.

For those who did not know him personally, they surely grew to know him throughout the year, with the many tributes and honors bestowed upon him and his family.

We hope the community support has given some measure of solace to the Roberge family.

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, with so many soldiers still overseas, we wish for peace in this world and peace for the Roberges.

A year has passed so quickly. A very hard year at that.

We still remember you Jonathan - today, tomorrow and for a lifetime.

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