Barry Delaney and Kevin Elliott have been friends for years, since 2005. They were introduced by Elliot’s sister, and hit it off as buddies almost immediately. They spent their youths drinking in pubs in Dundee, UK, becoming inseparable. The one thing that could tear these best friends apart? Elliot’s military tours in combat zones. Elliott had enlisted in years previous, while Delaney stuck around home working odd jobs and making ends meet. The pair would hang out as much as possible when Elliott was home, and on his last visit before being deployed to Afghanistan, they had a troubling conversation. Elliott was hypothesizing about his funeral, and both were laughing — despite the fact that there was a level of discomfort in the air about the topic. Little did they know that what they promised one another would come into play shortly thereafter. Read about Delaney’s final promise to his friend — it’s enough to break your heart.Elliot was a soldier in Afghanistan. Sadly, this young man was killed in an ambush orchestrated by the Taliban.
His friend Delaney worked odd jobs back and home, and was devastated when he was killed.
In his last tour, he was anxious to come home, hit with the overwhelming feeling that something bad could happen.
They agreed that if he was killed, Delaney would have to wear something very special to Elliot’s funeral.
And as you can see, that’s exactly what he did.
The guys had decided that Delaney would wear a pink dress with green polka dots. He couldn’t find that garment exactly.
A neon yellow dress with a sweetheart neckline, and bright pink socks. The pact was Elliott’s idea.
He was well loved by many members of his community, and especially by his family and friends.
And the fact that most of these men are young, just starting out their lives is incredibly tragic.
And as long as there is conflict in the world, the risk of this happening will always be there.
And while they were heartbroken, they also wanted to remember his memory, including all of the positive things about him.
The armed guards fired rounds into the air in his honor.
No matter how hard you try to find humor during pain, sometimes, you just have to let your true feelings show.
Clearly, Elliot made a huge impact while he was on this earth.
He described him as a “live wire” whose goal was to bring joy to people around him.
“There were a few raised eyebrows, a few looks, but everyone was aware of the promise I had made Kevin,” said Delaney.
“Every moment with Kevin was a good time, he wanted to put a smile on everyone’s face.”