Updated 6 months ago
In honor of Armed Forces Day, people across Woodford County gathered Sunday to remember Corporal Nicholas Dieruf, as his name was added to the county's veteran's memorial.
Corporal Nich Dieruf was killed in Iraq on April 8, 2004, but not a day goes by his family doesn't think about him.
"It is just like there is a piece missing, that will never be the same," says Barb Dieruf, Nich's mom.
Dieruf's family knows that he supported the war in Iraq and died for something he believed in, so hundreds of people returned out to watch as Dieruf's name was added to the wall.
"Makes you just feel like you are not all alone, but I have to admit, through all 9 years we have had a lot of support, it has really been great," says Barb.
Even though combat missions in Iraq have ended, this family's job hasn't. The Dierufs have set up a fund in Nich's name to help other distressed military families. "Now we are focused more on helping the guys that are still coming back that have all their war wounds, mental and physical, and try to do what we can for them," says Barb.
Corporal Nicholas Dieruf is the only Woodford County native to be a casualty in the Iraq war.