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Westy Grad Killed in Afghanistan Honored

Matthew Leggett

Visitors to District 50 memorial stadium will now find the name of Sergeant First Class Matthew Leggett on the wall honoring D50 graduates who have died while defending our country. Leggett died August 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan when he was attacked by a Taliban insurgent at a roadside checkpoint.

memorial His brothers, Rod and Ben Leggett along with his niece Katie, visited the memorial site on Veterans Day and attended a ceremony honoring Matthew’s memory at the Board of Education meeting. The family was also informed that Congressman Ed Perlmutter requested that a flag fly over the nation’s capital on Veterans Day and it will be given to the family in the near future.

Leggett, 39, graduated from Westminster High School in 1993 before joining the U.S. Army. During tours in Iraq and Afghanistan he received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was set to retire next summer.

His family was clearly touched by the recognition and thanked everyone in the District for remembering Matthew. “Matthew is carrying on and living through everyone here,” said his brother Rod.

Board President Ruben Pacheco grew up on the same block as the Leggetts and remembered Matthew as someone who “loved his country, his community and his fellow human beings.”

Watch the emotional video below to see how District 50 honored one of its own.



Posted November 13, 2014
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