Troy residents called on to honor soldier
Parade set to roll through Troy Saturday
By David Fong

Executive Editor

TROY - Army Private First Class Jeffrey Rice gave his life for his country.

Now his city is calling on residents to give back to its native son through a show of support Saturday.

Troy Mayor Michael Beamish is calling upon Troy residents to line the parade route in Troy Saturday as Pfc. Rice's body is returned from Fort Hood, Texas to Troy. Rice, a 2007 Troy High School graduate, was killed in Afghanistan July 19.

"We are hoping we get a nice turnout," said Beamish, who also was Pfc. Rice's principal at Cookson Elementary School in Troy. "Jeff was a great young man. The city will be flying its flags at half-staff through the duration of his ceremonies. We really want the people of Troy to come out and show support for a heroic young man."

Private First Class Rice is scheduled to arrive at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Following a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that is expected to last roughly 20 minutes, he will begin his final journey to Troy. The procession - which will include vehicles from the Troy Police Department, Troy Fire Department and Ohio Patriot Guard Riders - will come north on Interstate 75. The procession will exit I-75 at Exit 69, County Road 25-A.

It will then proceed east on County Road 25-A to Market Street, around the Public Square in downtown Troy, across the Market Street Bridge and on to Baird Funeral Home.

A public visitation will be conducted from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Baird Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2012, at the Baird Funeral Home, with Chaplain Dan Burris
 officiating. Military rites will follow the service.

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor John Kasich signed two bills into law Tuesday that rename two area roads for local fallen soldiers.  In Miamisburg, State Route 725 between Heincke Road and State Route 741 will become the Marine Corporal Paul W. Zanowick, II Memorial Highway.  Corporal Zanowick died in June of 2011 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.  in Miami County, State Route 55 between Troy and Casstown will be renamed as the Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice Memorial Highway.  Rice was killed in Afghanistan in July of 2012 while serving in the Army. 


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