ARLINGTON, Va. (WPRI) — Flags across Massachusetts flew at half-staff on Friday as a Fall River native was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
SFC Eric Emond was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last November.
“The best way to honor his life is remember what he died for. He died so that we could enjoy our lives with our friends, our family,” Air Force veteran Trott Lee said Friday.
Emond, 39, attended Fall River schools until he finished his sophomore year at Durfee High School, when he moved to Arkansas.
Lee, who was a childhood friend of Emond’s, showed Eyewitness News a flag sent to him by Emond’s father, which flew over the White House days after his friend was killed.
The city of Fall River plans to put it on display to forever remember Emond’s sacrifice.
“Fall River does a great job of honoring our fallen soldiers and vets,” Lee added. “But now, for me personally, he was a friend, now I’m seeing it firsthand. You feel it.”