Post office renamed after slain Cedar Park soldier

Cedar Park honored one of its fallen heroes Sept. 7 when it officially dedicated the city's post office in honor of Army Spc. Matthew Troy Morris.

Morris was killed April 6, 2008, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Balad, Iraq. The Cedar Park High School graduate enlisted in December 2005 and garnered several awards throughout his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-District 31, who sponsored the bill passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to rename the post office, spoke at the dedication ceremony.

"This is a time not only when we are missing our lost hero, but we're celebrating his life. Today is Matthew's day," Carter said. "Future generations will pass by here and realize how honored we were to have a hero pass through here."

Carter was joined by Morris' parents, Glenn and Lisa, to unveil the new plaque that will be showcased outside the post office building. His mother discussed what Morris' life was like growing up in Virginia before moving to Cedar Park.

"He used to get up every morning and go on recon missions, and he would be gone for an entire day out in the woods playing army," she said. "And his favorite color? [Camouflage]."

Cedar Park Councilman Mitch Fuller was also on hand to recognize the Morris family, who he has become close with despite never meeting their son. He reminded the public that Morris is recognized twice throughout the city—not only at the post office but also at the Cedar Park Veterans Memorial.

"Matthew will forever watch over us," Fuller said. "He is now truly the sentinel of our city."

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.