MONT ALTO, PA. - The field where he played Little League baseball in summers past now bears the name of Sgt. Eddie Shaffer, the first soldier from Franklin County to die in the war in Iraq.
"If he were still here today, he probably wouldn't believe all of this ... what everyone is doing for him," Shaffer's father, Edward C. Shaffer, said before the Memorial Day dedication of Sgt. Edward W. "Buzz" Shaffer Memorial Field.
On the day America paused to honor those who have died in its wars, a few hundred people gathered along the third-base line and left field of the diamond to pay homage to Shaffer, who died Dec. 27, 2006, from wounds he received from a roadside bomb on Nov. 13 in Ramadi, Iraq.
"Although his life was tragically cut short at the age of 23, the shining legacy Sgt. Shaffer leaves behind as a devoted son, soldier and American patriot will not be forgotten by his family, friends and the community," said state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin. "Today's dedication will live on as a lasting tribute to his honor and his bravery."