Bacon (far right) joins family of Lance Corporal Ryan E. Miller to remember fallen soldier with memorial highway naming

COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today joined the family members of fallen Gahanna soldier Lance Corporal Ryan Miller to unveil the sign that will designate a portion of Interstate 270 North as the "Lance Corporal Ryan E. Miller Memorial Highway."

The road naming honors the Gahanna native who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 3, 2006 while serving with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Anbar Province, Iraq. Miller enlisted in the Marines in 2003 and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and again in 2006. Two months into his second tour, he died of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb.

"This highway naming is only a small token of our appreciation," said Bacon. "We hope that it serves as a constant reminder to everyone driving on Interstate 270 that Ryan Miller lived a life bigger than himself, a life defined by bravery and sacrifice. His life was much too short, but his memory will live on."

Ed Miller, the father of Lance Corporal Miller, accepted a Senate resolution commemorating the new highway naming on behalf of his family, saying, "We still miss him every day. To have this sign out on 270 is so special not just for Ryan but for all of the fallen."

In honor of his memory, Miller's family established the Ryan E. Miller Memorial Highway Fund at St. Francis DeSales High School, where he played baseball. The annual LCPL Ryan E. Miller Memorial Scramble funds a $4,000 scholarship granted to one girl and one boy every year. This year's scramble will take place on Saturday, September 10.

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