A Tennille family is mourning the death of a U.S. Army National Guard soldier killed Saturday in Afghanistan.
Sgt. David Alexander Holmes was killed after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device on a routine clearance patrol in Sayed Abad, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. Holmes served with the 810th Engineering Company out of Swainsboro.
Holmes leaves behind his wife, LaTonya, and three children.
Governor Sonny Perdue is asking Georgians this holiday weekend to say a prayer for the thousands of soldiers from Georgia who are serving overseas.
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Holmes' death "is a stern reminder of the dangers our military men and women face each and every day," Perdue said in statement. “As America prepares to celebrate its independence this weekend, we must never lose sight of the fact that we, as one nation, stand on the shoulders of the young men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty and of those who are on the front lines today."
Georgia's Adjutant General, Maj. General Terry Nesbitt said the entire guard family grieves with the Holmes family.
“Like all Guardsmen, Sgt. Holmes was a true citizen-Soldier, one Georgia’s best, who knew his job and was willing to perform it without personal reservation," Nesbitt said in the news release. "From his sacrifice, each of us who wear the uniform is clearly reminded that the values of liberty and freedom are often safeguarded only at an exceptionally heavy price.”