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Evendale to unveil memorial in honor of local Marine killed in action

Posted at 4:30 AM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 13:36:46-04

EVENDALE, Ohio -- The village of Evendale is set to dedicate a section of Interstate 75 in honor of a local Marine who died at age 19.

Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Dyer was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.

Mayor Richard Finan said the idea to memorialize Dyer came up a year ago during the dedication of the village's bell tower. State Sen. Lou Terhar turned his idea into law.

"I thought this Memorial Day was the ideal time to do it," Finan said.

Dyer is one of 23 Marines remembered in a traveling tribute called The Eyes of Freedom. They were all part of Lima Company 3/25 and died while serving in Iraq. Finan said it's important to keep their memories alive.

"It says to our young people today what freedom and this country is all about," he said.

The Eyes of Freedom exhibit has been on display in Evendale all weekend. It features paintings of those killed, as well as combat boots they actually wore.

Lt. Godfree Miller, a Tuskegee Airman from World War II, will also be honored Monday. 

The event will begin outside the Evendale Veterans, Police and Fire Memorial Clock Tower at 4 p.m. Then, a police-escorted motorcade will head to the site of the sign along I-75 for the unveiling.