UNION TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Clermont County officials will hold a ceremony in Union Township on Tuesday to designate portions of Eastgate Boulevard, Ferguson Drive and Ivy Pointe Boulevard as "Wojo's Way" in honor of United State Marine Corps SSgt. Mark Anthony "Tony Wojo" Wojciechowski.
Wojciechowski died while taking part in combat operations in Iraq on April 30, 2009.
The ceremony is Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at the first traffic round-a-bout that links Eastgate Boulevard to Ferguson Drive. The designation will include a massive boulder that will be displayed there, inscribed with Wojo's Way.
"We are proud to be able to dedicate these roads in honor of a very special young man," said Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger. "Wojo's Way pays tribute to the young hero who used to ride his bike to work through the very area where the boulder bearing his name will be displayed."
Known as "Tony Wojo" to his family and friends, his mother Teresa Dillinger said her son joined the Marines when he was 17-years-old and attending Glen Este High School and the Live Oaks Career Center.
"Tony loved everything about the Marine Corps," said Dillinger. "He was brilliant, fun, strong, full of life, and a great friend to many at home and across the United States. His dedication to duty equaled his passion for life. He was truly a very well-rounded, well-grounded dedicated son, brother, Marine, and friend."
Dillinger said her son would be honored by the tribute.
Wojo's family is also preparing for the second annual motorcycle memorial ride on Saturday, September 17, 2011; proceeds from the event go to the Remembering Tony "Wojo" Scholarship through the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation. The event will also feature live music by Encore, a live and silent auction, split the pot and corn hole toss. Last year, 115 motorcycles and 155 riders participated and two scholarships were presented in Tony Wojo's honor. For more information send an email to Wojo4ever@yahoo.com.