Memorial to Decatur soldier unveiled

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Rath won't be
forgotten on Memorial Day or any other day.

Hundreds gathered Saturday in a ceremony unveiling of a monument
dedicated to the 22-year-old Rath at Decatur's Point Mallard.

Rath died Jan. 8 in Afghanistan on his third tour overseas.

A suicide bomber killed Rath of Decatur and Spc. Keith Essary of
Dyersburg, Tenn., as they patrolled a marketplace.

Essary's family attended Saturday's event.

Kimberly Taylor, Rath's fiancee, says the memorial represents
the "life lost in war, a life that not only protected our lives
and freedoms but a life that meant so much to so many."

Rath had worked as a Point Mallard lifeguard. Now thousands who
visit the park will pass by the memorial and hear his story.


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