State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) will dedicate the Sgt. Arthur A. Mora, Jr. Memorial Highway during a ceremony Wednesday in Perrysburg to honor the fallen soldier who was killed in action while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Sergeant Mora’s bravery and sacrifice is forever instilled into our community’s history,” said Ghanbari. “It was an honor to write this legislation to recognize a fellow service member who gave his last measure of devotion to a cause greater than his own.”
Last year, Ghanbari introduced House Bill 275 to designate a portion of State Route 25 in Wood County as the “Sgt. Arthur A. Mora, Jr. Memorial Highway.” The legislation had a hearing in the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee which included testimony from Sgt. Mora’s wife Veronica.
“I stand humbly before you and ask that you all consider naming a portion of the highway in honor of our hero,” said Veronica Mora. “My children and I would be honored to see his name on a piece of Ohio land. A stretch of highway that we frequently drive on when we take road trips to explore Northwest Ohio. This fine state has shown him many acts of kindness, please bestow upon him one more.”
Sgt. Mora, Spc. Russell H. Nahvi and Spc. Jose E. Rosario were killed in action Oct. 19, 2005, when their Humvee was struck by enemy indirect fire during patrol operations in Balad, Iraq. The three soldiers were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Sgt. Mora was laid to rest with full military honors at the historic Fort Meigs Union Cemetery located on State Route 25 in Perrysburg.
The dedication is scheduled for July 15 at 8:45 a.m. near the welcome to Perrysburg sign at Rapids Road.