Letter from Cyndy Jones, Mother of Capt. Eric A. Jones
One of the greatest joys in life is to watch the development of your child. Eric was an easy child to love. He was a gift from God. I have painfully learned that our children are not ours, but rather God’s children. As Gibran so eloquently stated, “Our children are loaned to us.”
From the time Eric was a toddler, he showed compassion towards family and friends. I still have visions of him as a kindergartener, putting his arm around a hurt friend. Eric went out of his way to help those in need, even if it put him in jeopardy. He would strive to make people happy. He had a smile that would make people warm up to him instantly.
Eric had two passions, he loved flying and he had a thirst for military stories. Eric spent his free time reading about aviation, doing flight simulation on the computer or putting together model airplanes. This love was sealed when he was taken up in a small Cessna at the age of twelve. It was obvious that he was destined to fly.
Eric’s second love was military stories and history. He would sit for hours listening to his father tell stories about his grandfather in World War II. The pride that Eric held for his paternal grandfather was made known to us when we were handed his dog tags. Eric wore his grandfather’s dog tags along with his own.
These traits are not unique to Eric. As I talk with other Gold Star mothers about their sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice, it becomes quite evident that they all have the similar virtues. These brave men and women who put themselves in harms way for our precious freedom deserve our support.
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