Blue Ash Memorial Day Ceremony video honors local soldier killed in action; Watch the full video

(Updated May 25, 2020 - Blue Ash)

In lieu of an in-person 68th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, the City of Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Department commissioned a tribute video to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, including a young soldier from Blue Ash.

The touching video features a wreath-laying ceremony to memorialize Spc. Donald “Scott” Morrison, who was killed in action on September 26, 2010. Scott’s father, who retired from the Blue Ash Fire Department this year, placed the wreath at the center of the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial in downtown Blue Ash.

 Spc. Morrison, 23, was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, in Fort Hood, Texas. He died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his patrol vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was a 2005 graduate of Sycamore High School and worked for the Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Department from the age of 16 until he enlisted in 2008. 

“Although we couldn’t have an in-person parade and ceremony, we are proud to present this video tribute to a local hero and friend as well as all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kruse. “Our team is honored to have been a part of creating this video, and we hope it touches your heart, like it has all of ours.”

The video also features photo and video highlights of past parades and ceremonies, and insight from American Legion NE Post 630 Commander Jim Meyer, American Legion NE Post 630 Outreach Coordinator Pat Buschman, Blue Ash Police officer and Marine Corps Veteran Joey Berning, 100-years-young WWII Army Veteran Dean Giancometti, and Blue Ash Mayor Marc Sirkin.

“Although our Memorial Day Celebration may look and feel a bit different this year, its purpose remains the same, honoring those servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Blue Ash Mayor Marc Sirkin.

The full video was posted on Memorial Day, May 25, at the time the parade typically begins at 10:15 a.m. View the video at, or on the City’s YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

The Blue Ash Fire Department has also honored Scott Morrison with decals on Engine 13. Read more:

 View the preview video below or on the City's YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.