196 Ohioans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began, and this Friday there will be a special tribute honoring those men and women at Zane Landing Park.
Beginning at 5 p.m. flags with each heroes’ name on it will be placed in an honor section in the park, as the “Ohio Flags of Honor” traveling display makes its way back to Zanesville.
Local soldiers who were killed will be honored in the front row of the display.
“This is to honor everybody. Muskingum County has lost five young heroes over there and we also cover Perry County and Morgan County and we’ve lost three out of Perry County and one out of Morgan County,” says Bud Johnson, president Muskingum County Veterans Council.
Everyone is welcome to attend and even help place flags into the ground after the names of those who lost their lives are read off.
Organizers say the purpose of the tribute, is to remind families how much the community cares.
“Personally I see some closure in the family every year, but these families are great, the blue star mothers, they’re just great. They’ll jump in and help, but they know by having this out here that somebody else cares about their child other than their family,” says Johnson.
The flags will remain on display at Zane Landing Park through Sunday at 1 p.m.