Honoring the Life of Staff Sergeant Joseph Andersonby Representative Cedric L. Richmond
Posted on 2014-01-08
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mr. RICHMOND. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Staff
Sergeant Joseph Emmanuel Anderson, a dedicated father and an active
duty U.S. Army Sgt., who was cruelly taken from us by gun violence at
the age of 31. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all
that knew him. I join with them today in grieving the loss of this
special man and hope they find some comfort in celebrating his life and
the knowledge that it serves as an example for all of us.
A loving father, brother, son, and friend, John Anderson was born and raised in Marrero, Louisiana. At the age of 20, he joined the Army so that he could take care of his family.
A devoted father to his three children, Sgt. Anderson worked hard to provide for them and loved them completely.
During his 12 years of service in the U.S. Army, Sgt. Anderson served our country through three deployments in Iraq. He also earned his Airborne Wings and was proud to follow in the footsteps of his grandfathers who both served in the Army.
The loss of Sgt. Anderson deeply saddens me and all those who care about our communities. While we mourn the loss of Sgt. Anderson, let us look to who he was and the life he led as inspiration. We should all strive to live our lives with the same overwhelming love for our families and dedication to our country that Joseph Anderson showed in his life. His vitality and love should be celebrated and honored. I am proud to stand here today to honor the life and legacy of an exemplary man, Staff Sergeant Joseph Anderson.