RIPLEY, Okla. — An Oklahoma soldier who died in Afghanistan receives a special honor Monday.
On Veterans Day the state of Oklahoma renamed part of a highway in Payne County after Army Specialist Jordan Morris.
Morris was killed in combat last August.
The road he drove to school in Ripley will now have his name.
“It’s a great honor to have the state of Oklahoma name a section of highway after our son,” Jordan’s father Brett Morris said.
Jordan’s father said having the stretch of Highway 108, south of 51 into Ripley, renamed after his son is humbling, though it doesn’t take away the pain of his loss.
“We love him very much and still do miss him everyday,” Morris said. “We’re just happy for Jordan that his sacrifice is remembered in this way.”
“What we’re doing is celebrating a young man who gave the ultimate,”Sen. James Halligan said.
Halligan helped spearhead the dedication.
He hopes everyone who drives the highway remembers the true cost paid by soldiers and their families everyday.
“This is the highway he drove to go to high school,” Halligan said. “Every time we drive that road, we’ll think of him and we should.”
“Some of these people knew Jordan, some of them didn’t but they all recognize his sacrifice,” Morris said.