5 years later: Remembering the little green dress (6 PHOTOS)

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Barry Delaney

Private Kevin Elliott funeral

Private Kevin Elliott funeral

Photos of Barry Delaney keeping a promise to his best friend, Pvt. Kevin Elliott, have been making the rounds again. These silly but somber images remind the world of people who may never return from the field but live on in the lives and memories of others.

Elliot was killed in action in Afghanistan in August 2009 after making Delaney swear that if the worst would happen, he would wear the brightest dress and matching outfit he could possibly find to keep things lighthearted.

“He was such a livewire, always full of energy,” Delaney told the Guardian. “Every moment with Kevin was a good time, he wanted to put a smile on everyone’s face.”

Living on in Delaney, he continues to do so to this day.