After Nearly 70 Years, Ashland Family Says 'Goodbye' to Fallen Veteran

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 17, 2019 10:51 PM

It’s been an emotional week with the long-awaited return of Korean War veteran Pvt. Edward Morrison of Ashland. He was finally laid to rest Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


A touching procession led the community of Ashland to the burial. The day couldn’t have been more sunny and beautiful for the special service.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the cemetery as family, friends and community members said their final farewell to him.

"Right now he’s at rest with our parents and with our lord. He’s in a better place right now,” Barbara Bjork, a sister of Morrison, said.

"I’m very relieved he is home and we could bury him here,” Harriet Yachinich, a sister of Morrison, said.

It was an emotional service that touched the hearts of everyone who was there.

"For me personally I served in Korea, so it’s a little more special,” said VFW Post 690 Quartermaster Keith Tveit.

“It’s a feeling of comradeship that one of yours is gone,” said Ron Lohman, a VFW Post 8239 member. “It was a good send-off and that’s the way it should be.”

Service members and veterans from multiple organizations were present to give Morrison the proper military honors.

"It was essential he be brought home for his final resting place. We had an obligation as a community and veterans organization to provide him a dignified service that he would be proud of,” Tveit said.

Family members were surrounded by community members who wanted to pay their finals respects.

“That was breathtaking, it was so many people. They don’t really know us but they’re here to support the community and our brother that lost his life for all our freedom,” Bjork said.

A folded flag was presented to the Morrison family. His three remaining siblings put a red rose over the casket once the service ended.

“This has been amazing everything from the beginning and now till the end. I will never forget this ever,” said Tammy Kelly, a niece of Morrison.

It was an honorable service for Morrison, who was a brother, son, friend, and service member that will be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice. After 69 years, he will finally rest in peace.

"That's what they'll remember the most, that Edward Morrison was gone for 69 years and he's home now with his family," Bjork said.


Alejandra Palacios

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