This soldier wore a dress to his friend's funeral... The reason will shock you.
Death is something everyone must accept at some point in their lives. But soldiers often must accept it more regularly, and sooner than other people. These young men often watch as their friends die in droves around them, and it takes a real toll on them that cannot even be imagined by those who have never fought in a war. Out of these tragic circumstances comes a story that will make you laugh or cry, or maybe something in between. It has touched thousands of people so far.
Kevin Elliott was a brave young soldier fighting in Afghanistan for the British army. While those around him were confronted with the possibility of death every day, he maintained a positive outlook. While his fellow soldiers grew miserable at the possibility of death, he made a huge effort to cheer them up, by reminding everyone that it was still possible to maintain a sense of humor. It was one of his famous jokes that resulted in his best friend wearing a dress months later...
Barry Delaney, Kevin's best friend and fellow soldier in Iraq, made a bet with Kevin. If Kevin died and Barry was still alive, Barry would wear a dress to his funeral. Kevin would do the same if Barry died. After all was said and done, Barry came back alive and Kevin did not. So in honor of his friend, Barry put on a bright yellow dress and knee-high socks when the day of the funeral came. Barry is a true man of his word.
The funny thing is that no one even mentioned or seemed to laugh at the dress. They were all too busy grieving over the loss of a beloved friend and family member. Friends of Barry's and Kevin's tried to console Barry, but the man was completely in a state of shock. The images are heartbreaking.
At one point, Barry couldn't even stand. He broke down, kneeling at Kevin's grave, and spoke to him. Witnesses say he was talking to him as if he was right there with him, joking with him and asking him if he liked the dress he was wearing.
Barry spoke about how amazing Kevin was, saying, "He was such a live wire, always full of energy. Every moment with Kevin was a good time, he wanted to put a smile on everyone's face."
Even though he was wearing a bright yellow dress, everyone at that funeral respected him for what he did. No one laughed, no one made jokes, everyone knew this man was a seasoned veteran who had fought alongside Kevin and would have given his life for him if necessary. This is truly something only a soldier can understand.