As Memorial Day draws near, one soldier's memory lives on. Major Doug La Bouff was killed in January when his blackhawk helicopter went down in Iraq.
Sunday, La Bouff is now permanently memorialized at Holy Trinity Catholic School. The soccer field is now named after him where his 7-year-old daughter goes to school. "He's a good husband, father, friend, soldier. I’m so proud of him for sacrifices he made," widow Karen La Bouff said.
La Bouff is described as one of the finest men his army commander knew. COL HR McMaster said, "He was a soldier, but also a humanitarian."
The major was also a man of faith, which is why it's suiting his memory lives on here at Holy Trinity Catholic School. What used to be a dirt field has been transformed into a soccer field, covered in 20,000 square feet of sod that was donated.
"I know he would be happy knowing kids have benefit of field," La Bouff’s mother, Lela said.
While the crowd sings ‘America the Beautiful’, La Bouff's daughter, Cassidy, cuts the ribbon to officially mark the opening of her father's field. "I know he's next to us," Karen cried.
La Bouff was offered a job to teach at west point, but he turned it down so he could voluntarily go to Iraq instead. A scholarship has also been opened in his name at the school. The money helps students pay for Catholic education.