Jimmy Malachowski, who died at 25 years old along with 10 other Marines in Afghanistan eight years ago, will be honored with a memorial in his native Westminster this Saturday.
Ever since he was killed in March 2011, his family has been working to keep his memory alive. Ted McNett, assistant supervisor for career and technology education for Carroll County Public Schools, came to the Malachowski family two years ago with an idea for a way to do just that — with a memorial sculpture at Bear Branch Nature Center.
The family gave gave him their blessing for the proposal, which became the Luna Moth Project.
McNett taught Malachowski at the Carroll County Outdoor School, back when the young boy showed an interest in insects.
The memorial is a 3-foot-long luna moth sculpture McNett made out of steel. It will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bear Branch Nature Center.