SMYRNA – The Smyrna School District will be holding a memorial service on Wednesday for 2002 graduate Senior Airman Carl Jerome Ware at Smyrna High School. Airman Ware, 22, was killed in July in Iraq by a fellow airman. Ceremonies will be conducted by the Smyrna High School Junior Air Force ROTC, the Air Force, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Clayton and the American Legion of Smyrna. Commander Jim Pinder of the Clayton VFW and Commander Bill Prouse of the Smyrna American Legion have been raising money for a relief fund that will be presented to the family. “It’s to help them out depending on what they need,” Cmdr. Prouse said. The two organizations also pulled together funds to have a brick inscribed and placed in the Veterans Memorial Park in Smyrna and a framed certificate for the family, Mr. Pinder said. “The brick will say whatever the family wants to put on there,” he said. “It’s in appreciation for serving the country.” Deborah Wicks, superintendent of the Smyrna School District, said the district is holding the ceremony now because the family lived out of state at the time of Airman Ware’s death. “We told them we would hold a service to honor him if they were back in the area,” she said. His parents, Carl and Rosalie Ware, are from Dinuba, Calif., and his wife, Christine Ware, lives in Glassboro, N.J. All three are in the area as they attended a court-martial trial against Senior Airman Kyle J. Dalton on Monday at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. Airman Dalton pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter for shooting Airman Ware in the chest while they were stationed together in Iraq. Airman Dalton told the judge he did not think his 9-mm pistol was loaded when he pointed it at Airman Ware. The two airmen were bunkmates in Iraq and part of the 886th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Camp Bucca. The district will hold the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and it is open to the public. Mrs. Wicks said there will be refreshments after the service. For more information, call the district’s central office at 653-8585. Staff writer Ali Cheeseman can be reached at 741-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Delaware State News (Dover, DE) – Monday, April 30, 2007