GS Free Press Editorial

The 2008 season officially opens June 1, though hurricanes do not typically strike the mid-Atlantic region until late August and September, when the air and water temperatures rise sufficiently to sustain those big storms.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service predicted a normal or above-normal hurricane season with a chance of 12 to 16 named storms, including six to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.

Please be prepared for the worse and if it does not happen then all will be good. Please do not take the storms lightly.

Mississippi Remembers

A Mississippi marine was shot and killed over the weekend while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan, according to a press release from the Marine Corps.

Corporal Justin Cooper was a decorated marine who will be greatly missed not only by his family but by the town he called home.

Corporal Cooper’s father Alan bought this t-shirt when he saw his son graduate from boot camp three and a half years ago. He found out Monday his son was killed in action serving his country.

“He knew the risks and he took them, but we never expected it to happen. He was good at what he did.” Alan says it was his son’s decision to go back to iraq a second time and then to Afghanistan.

Corporal Cooper did his job well, receiving seven different decorations for his actions. But he never let on to his family, never wanting them to worry.

“I said son, I know you did something to rank that from your commanders, he said I just did my job daddy that ‘s all I did,” said Cooper.

Flags were lowered to half staff all over Eupora including the high school Cooper graduated. His principal James Mason remembers Cooper having the characteristics even then to be a marine. “He had that demeanor about him and he had that leadership capability about him.”

Cooper’s father calls his son, simply a hero. “He was naturally my hero when he hit his first little league grand slam. He was my hero when he played senior football and went to the state championship. He sacked the quarterback 19 times in the state championship game, but he has become the world’s hero Sunday, and he did it willingly.”

And so by all accounts, Justin Cooper was not just a leader in his hometown, at this high school, but a leader on the battle field as well. And now his name will he added to this memorial remembering those who paid the ultimate price.