Man Wears "Inappropriate" Outfit To Funeral, Guests Learn Why And Instantly Lose It
Kristin Danley 7/10/2017
Some people are blessed to find their best friend when they're little kids in school or at church camp; some meet by happenstance as young adults. For Barry Delaney and his best bud Kevin Elliott, they didn't meet until 2005 when Kevin's sister Kirsty introduced them, but it was as if they'd known each other forever.
The fast friends bonded instantly and hung out constantly. That is, except when Kevin headed off to defend his country's freedom, infiltrated deep in combat zones.
"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."
Barry opted to pick up handyman jobs while Kevin left school at age 16 to join the local infantry regiment. Kevin was an infantryman in the Black Watch, serving in central Iraq when he was deployed to the infamous "triangle of death."
When Barry and Kevin were hanging out one night while he was back home on leave, Kevin admitted that he was afraid. He confessed that the situation in Afghanistan where he was headed to next was worse than what he'd been through so far, what with the booby traps and enemies lurking everywhere.
Kevin feared that if he was deployed to Afghanistan, he wouldn't return home alive. But he was looking forward to receiving the "big two," that is, two tour medals.
"To say he had served in the two wars would have made him proud. Once he had them, it was over."
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During their heart to heart that night, the two best pals reached an agreement. If Kevin didn't return from the war, Barry would try to lighten the grief at his funeral by wearing a brightly colored dress. Kevin was still haunted by images of a fellow infantryman who was unidentifiable after stepping on a camouflaged trap.
"He was really scared about going back. At times it seemed like he knew something was going to happen."
Sadly, Kevin's concerns were realized. He didn't make it home alive from Afghanistan, instead he became the victim of a ambush.
So at Kevin's funeral, Barry held true to his word and appeared in a body-hugging lime green Primark mini dress paired with bright pink knee high socks. He was quite the sight to see, but friends and family knew about the guys' agreement and appreciated Kevin upholding it.
Before Kevin headed off to his best friend's funeral, he poured himself a neat vodka, their favorite drink to share. He held no qualms about his attire for the funeral. More than 1,000 people turned out for the funeral.
"There were a few raised eyebrows, a few looks, but everyone was aware of the promise I had made Kevin."
Decked out in his interesting outfit, Kevin struggled to get through the event without tears, then he heard the startling gunfire as Black Watch riflemen shot across the lawn. He ended up collapsing in a heap by where his friend was buried, overcome with grief.
"I was bending down to ask him if he liked the dress's color."
But his knees buckled and down he went. Kevin realized that his friend couldn't answer him. That his friend would never answer him again.
With his friend gone from this earth forever, home with the Lord, Barry continues to mourn his loss. But he knows that someday, they will be reunited and it will be a glorious day for the two of them.
Sources: The Guardian FB Image Credit: Facebook/My Oxygen