Fallen Blue Ash soldier Spc. Donald Morrison honored with highway dedication

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- The family of a fallen Blue Ash soldier held a ceremony Saturday dedicating a portion of I-71 to the fallen hero.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on June 13 sponsored by state Senators Bill Coley and Bill Seitz to rename a portion of the highway the “Spc. Donald S. ‘Scott’ Morrison Memorial Highway.”

The section of the highway affected by the bill will be between mile markers sixteen and seventeen in Hamilton County.

Morrison, who went by "Scottie," served in the Army for two and a half years. He was killed in Afghanistan in September 2010.

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Morrison’s family held a dedication ceremony at the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial at Towne Square on Saturday.

"I think every parent wants everybody to remember their son or daughter lost in the war and what better way than people to drive down the highway because I think all of us know everybody travels down that road numerous times and if one person just looks his name up or something like that, that's well worth it," Don Morrison said.

A mock sign was unveiled at the event close to a recently dedicated commemorative stone tablet that also pays tribute to fallen Blue Ash soldiers. Coley took part in the ceremony.

Officials said Morrison’s father brought the idea to Coley last year and has been active in every step of the process.

"Scott" Morrison was a Blue Ash native and a 2005 Sycamore Community Schools graduate.

When word of the soldier's death reached his hometown, Morrison's friends and co-workers from the Blue Ash Recreation Center made dozens of yellow ribbons at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Eastgate.

"We want to make Blue Ash yellow, so to speak, everywhere we can," said Tiphanie Crane, Blue Ash Recreation Manager. "Scottie was a huge part of Blue Ash and Sycamore and the recreation center and so we plan on putting them (the ribbons) wherever we can."

He joined the Army in Oct. 2008 as a combat engineer and was deployed to Afghanistan in Dec. 2009.

Before he joined the military, Morrison worked at the Blue Ash Recreation Center where his smile was infectious.

"I miss Scottie. I miss him being a part of our family here at the recreation center. I think we are going to miss his personality, his smile, the man he was becoming," said Dan Guthrie, Morrison's supervisor.

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