Slain soldiers to be honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rachel Kincaid doesn't want to see her husband's name on a wall yet.

Just two months after Pfc. Kenneth "Aaron" Kincaid died in Iraq when a bomb exploded near a Humvee he was driving, his widow is planning to attend today's Veterans Day events. But she's glad she won't have to see his name on the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.

"It makes it more permanent," she said of etching the name in granite.

The county will hold a ceremony to honor the sacrifice of Kincaid and six other men who have died in the global war on terrorism, but officials decided to wait until Memorial Day to add Kincaid's name to the wall.

Rachel Kincaid agrees with the decision, but she is glad her daughters will someday have a place to go besides the cemetery to find their father's name.

"I want them to honor him because he deserves that," she said.

After the 9 a.m. ceremony outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, the Kincaid family will also attend a 1 p.m. ceremony in Lilburn. There, trees will be dedicated in the memories of Kincaid and Marine Lance Cpl. Kun Young Kim, known as John, who died in April.

The city will also hold a concert and ceremony at 3 p.m., complete with a helicopter flyover.

For Rachel Kincaid, Veterans Day is just another day to grieve.

"I think every day about how much I miss him. It's every day, whether it's his birthday or Veterans Day," she said. "I don't want anybody to forget him."

But today isn't just about her husband. She wants people to remember the soldiers who are still fighting in the Middle East and those who have paid the ultimate price.

"Everybody still needs to remember that," she said.