William Alvin Allers III died when his HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
The 28-year-old Allers was assigned to the National Guard's 617th Military Police Company.
His sister-in-law Tonya Vanmeter, says: "He was well-liked by everyone, everywhere he went he made friends. I never met anyone who didn't like him."
Vanmeter remembers her brother-in-law as a hero who gave his life for his country.
Governor Ernie Fletcher says: "We're here to honor and memorialize Staff Sergeant Allers. He certainly epitomizes our National Guard as a soldier who exemplified extreme bravery.
Allers' family remembers him as a man who loved his family, his friends, and the military.
Vanmeter says: "He was very proud of being in the military, that was his life, he loved it. He loved the people that he served with, he enjoyed doing what needed to be done."
After giving his life for his country, Allers was posthumously awarded the bronze star, Purple Heart, and promoted to Staff-Sergeant.
The Baltimore native was the eighth member of the Kentucky National Guard to die in the Iraq war.
He is survived by his wife, two children, and one on the way.