SW Ohio roadway to be dedicated to slain soldier

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A stretch of state highway in southwest Ohio is being dedicated to a soldier killed in Afghanistan three years ago.

State Route 63 from the city of Monroe to Route 4 will be named Friday the “Sergeant James C. Robinson Memorial Highway.” A ceremony is planned Friday afternoon at the small city’s Veterans Memorial near Interstate 75.

The 27-year-old Robinson was fatally wounded by insurgents during fighting in Patika province.

Such roadway reminders of Ohio’s fallen troops are spreading as memorial tributes. Nearly 150 have been approved by legislators in the last five years. Legislators say they are important ways to recognize and remember the sacrifices Ohioans have made.

Robinson’s parents, wife Kate and several legislators including state Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, plan to attend.

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