The Ohio House of Representatives today approved legislation that would designate several memorial highways throughout Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties. State Representatives Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton), and Lou Terhar (R-Green Township) commend the legislation for its commemoration of fallen Ohioan heroes.
The memorial highways created under Senate Bill 245 are as follows:
- A portion of State Route 122 in Warren County shall be known as the “Capt. Bartt D. Owens Memorial Highway”;
- A portion of Interstate 71 within Hamilton County as the “Spc. Donald “Scott” S. Morrison Memorial Highway”;
- A portion of Tylersville Road at the border of Butler and Warren counties shall be known as the “Spc. Michael B. Cook, Jr. Memorial Highway”;
- A portion of South Fair Avenue in Butler County as the “Sgt. Charles J. Webb Memorial Highway.”
Rep. Retherford said, “I commend the Senate for their work on this bill. I’m proud to join my colleagues in memorializing these fallen heroes. It is of the upmost importance that they serve as a reminder to future generations that freedom does not come free and that these men and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
In addition to the four highways established under S.B. 245, the legislation was also amended during session to include House Bill 373, which designated a portion of State Route 264 in the city of Cincinnati as the “Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.”
Rep. Terhar, who sponsored the legislation that was amended into S.B. 245, said, “Senators Seitz and Coley should be commended for their work in honoring fallen veterans of Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties. I am thankful that Senate Bill 245 was amended to include language designating State Route 264 in the city of Cincinnati as the Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, and am looking forward to seeing the bill be signed into law.”
Don Morrison, the father of Spc. Donald S. Morrison, was also present during session in remembrance of his son and to participate in the honoring of his son’s sacrifice.
The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk to await his signature.