A portion of Douglas Boulevard will soon be honorarily named for fallen Marine hero Scott Harper, an Alexander High School graduate who died during a combat mission in Afghanistan in Oct. 2011.
Harper was operating in Helmand province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he suffered fatal injuries.
"It is my understanding that he enlisted at the Marine Recruitment Station right there at the mall," Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said. Persons said he has known the family for some time.
Although the street will not legally change its name, there will be signs on either side of Douglas Boulevard that will honor the 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl.
"We want as many people as possible to see the dedication," Persons said. "He should be recognized for what he did. He made the supreme sacrifice of giving his life to defend America. That's the ultimate sacrifice you can give for your community, your country and freedom."
The City of Douglasville will issue a proclamation honoring Harper sometime in early November. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will make the same resolution during their Tuesday meeting.
The resolution reads, in part:
- Scott ‘Boots’ Harper was a Douglas County native who was a 2008 graduate of Alexander High School where he was on the golf team for four years;
- his nickname ‘Boots’ came from his days at Alexander High School when one day he forgot his tennis shoes for gym class and had to wear boots with his gym shorts and a legend was born;
- he was a fun-loving and friendly classmate and friend whom everyone liked;
- he wanted to be a United States Marine because he believed they were the best and the chosen;
- he gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom on October 13th, 2011;
- he is greatly missed but with a tremendous sense of pride by his mother Deborah Busbin Staples; father Brian Harper; brother Mitchell Staples; sister Amber Staples; stepmother Angela Harper; stepbrother Joseph Hulsey; stepsister Holly Harpe; paternal grandmother Diana Harper; maternal grandparents J. R. ‘Buzz’ and Janet Busbin; and maternal great-grandmother Era Streetman; and numerous other family members and friends;
- it is altogether appropriate that his life and service be honored in a permanent manner;
- Be it therefore resolved by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners that, to honor and remember his service, that section of Douglas Boulevard between Chapel Hill Road and Georgia Highway 5 be honorarily renamed “Lance Corporal Scott ‘Boots’ Harper Boulevard”, this being appropriate since his service to his Nation began at this location, this Resolution being in support of the City of Douglasville Mayor and Council action in this regard.
Harper enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2008 and was promoted to lance corporal in November 2009.
His awards included the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal—ISAF Afghanistan.
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