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Lexington unveils a monument to a soldier killed in Iraq

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

More than a year after he was killed in Iraq, a Kentucky soldier was remembered Wednesday by his second family.

Folks who used to work with Delmar White honored the late staff sergeant with a monument at his former workplace in Lexington. He was a correctional officer at the facility on Old Frankfort Pike before joining the Kentucky National Guard and leaving for Iraq. Those who worked with him knew exactly why he left.

Community Corrections Director Ron Bishop remarked during the memorial service, "Delmar was a patriot who left a job that he loved and was good at for a job, a cause, a calling closer to his heart. He left the service of his community for the service of his country."

White's widow accepted a plaque expressing the city's gratitude for her husband's sacrifice and then helped unveil the monument to his memory. She told 27 Newsfirst, "It honors me. Being married to him honored me. I know he was watching this today and is honored by everything they've done for him. I do know he's never going to be forgotten. I'm not going to let that happen, and obviously the community is not either."


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