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knowledge one of our fallen heros. He certainly is a true Warrior.”, Filon said. Former State Representative Danny Bubp, who is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, said before the ceremony that Blevins was a product of his community. “The Eastern High School Community is just wonderful and all these people here today bear that out. We’re making sure the family never forgets that we remember the sacrifice that Seth Blevins made for all of us.” Bubp added that the ceremony was being held one day before the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War II that was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. “Seth would have been one of those young men in 1944 that were jumping out of a boat into a hail of bullets”, Bubp said. “We always have to remember our heroes, both past and present.” As the ceremony got underway, Norma Green, wife of State Representative Doug Green, spoke a few words on behalf of her husband, who wrote the fol-

lowing; “When I consider how truly blessed we are, I am reminded that it is because of the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform. They have left the comfort of their home and family to protect our freedom, the rights that we enjoy and many times take for granted. Today we are here to honor Specialist Seth Blevins, who wore his uniform with pride, defending our freedom and who paid the ultimate price.” Bubp then spoke again, representing Green and State Senator Joe Uecker. “We must, as loyal citizens, be forever grateful and proud of the efforts of veterans such as Seth Blevins who made noble sacrifices to defend our freedom and our way of life.”, Bubp said, quoting a letter from Uecker. Bubp read the following from a letter written by Green. “His bravery is a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection on his family, on his community, and on the state of Ohio. In all of his endeavors, Seth Blevins set an example of concern and responsible citizenship worthy of emulation and he

earned the respect and admiration of many.” Seth’s grandmother, Shirley Wagoner, also addressed those gathered for the ceremony. “You do not know what the community has done for this family, for the healing, for the living on. It is not in sadness we are here, but in celebration of many many things.”, Wagoner said. She then announced that the Seth Blevins Scholarship Fund had raised over $33,000 in just two years, The first two awards were this year to a student from Mt. Orab and a student from Ripley. Wagoner said that her grandson can live on through the scholarship recipients. “He can continue his education. He can continue to visit throughout the world through others. We could not have done this without you. Every day is a blessing.”, she said. The third annual memorial motorcycle ride to raise money for the Blevins Scholarship fund will take place on Saturday, June 15. Registration will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Russellville, with the ride beginning at 1 p.m.

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Part of Hwy 62 renamed for Seth Blevins

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Brown County American Legion members salute as “Taps” is played at the dedication ceremony.

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shirley wagoner spoke to the crowd, thanking them for their support of the seth Blevins scholarship fund.

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The Blevins family (front row) and many others turned out to honor the memory of seth Blevins at the dedication ceremony at eastern high school.

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The ohio Patriot Guard provided a visual reminder of American pride at the ceremony.

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The eastern high school band performed at the ceremony. Blevins was a band member while in school.

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