One week after our community cheered and celebrated the accomplishments of a Leesburg Hometown Hero, we find ourselves grieving the sacrifice of another: Lance Corporal Steven Sutton.
A 2007 graduate of Lee County High School, a popular football player, a United States Marine, Corporal Sutton gave his life for you and for me.
Nicknamed Big Steve, the six foot eight, 24 year old Marine was a husband, a father, a son, and a friend to many.
Those friends say he was a gentle giant with a kind heart.
Stationed at Camp LeJune, North Carolina since 2009, Corporal Sutton left for Afghanistan in January.
He was killed in combat there while on patrol Saturday.
We are saddened by his death, humbled by his sacrifice, and grateful that this United States Marine loved our country enough to fight for it.
Let us all pause to remember this young man, his family, and all the other military men and women who spend their days in danger for us.
We ask all of you to honor him by lowering flags to half staff and displaying signs and tributes to him as readily as we did for last week's hero.
Because unlike our American Idol, this American Hero won't be coming home.