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November 13, 2012

Hundreds of Ripley children line streets in support of soldier killed in Afghanistan in August 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. — Hundreds of students from Ripley Elementery lined the street in front of Stillwater's American Legion post and sang "You're a Grand Old Flag" in a sea of red, white and blue.

Students held up signs that read "Love you Jordan" and "Remembering Jordan Morris." Their small hands hugged and comforted the Morris family as they made their way out of the building. Inside, Spc. Jordan Morris was honored as a stretch of highway near his hometown of Ripley was dedicated.

The new sign for the road was carried by Morris' parents through the crowd. It reads, "SPC Jordan M. Morris Memorial  Highway." 

It's no surprise Ripley residents were making their presence felt in Stillwater Monday afternoon. Morris, 23, went through the Ripley school system before joining the military. His two brothers still attend Ripley schools.

The small-town hero was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Aug. 11, 2011. Four other soldiers died in the attack.

Legislators took notice of Jordan's sacrifice. State Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, and State Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, co-authored legislation to have a stretch of State Highway 108 and State Highway 51 extending south to Ripley named in his honor.

"We are very appreciative," Jordan's father Brett said, adding Jordan used the stretch of road every day on his way to school.

"It is a great honor," Brett said.

 

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