MADISONVILLE — Students at a Western Kentucky high school have a new reminder of the ultimate price paid by former students in the name of their country.
Tyler Overstreet and Patrick Rudd, former students of Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, were both killed in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Overstreet died in 2006, and Army Sgt. Rudd died in 2008.
Students recently held a ceremony to dedicate the black granite monument in front of the high school honoring Rudd and Overstreet.
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Hanson Elementary School principal Jon Wells, formerly a social studies teacher at Madisonville-North Hopkins, came up with the idea for the monument, but it took work from many segments of the community to get it done.
Change-collecting programs at Hanson and at the high school raised more than $1,400 in a few days.
"It's been a blessing, truly, to me to see how this has progressed," Wells told The (Madisonville) Messenger. "It started as a plastic jug to collect change in."
The dedication ceremony for the monument was held Wednesday.
Overstreet's brother, Josh, attended the ceremony.
"It's a nice thing to do," Josh Overstreet said of the monument. "I'm trying to soak everything in. I like that they took their time to do this."