ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio Flags of Honor was setting up Friday afternoon at Zanesville High School In preparation for their ceremony tonight from 6 till 7:30PM.
The Ohio Flags of Honor is a mobile memorial park, where they put Ohio flags in the ground, to remember Ohioan soldiers that passed away from the War on Terrorism. President of Ohio Flags of Honor, Gino Zimmer said the main reason for the ceremony is so soldiers are not forgotten.
“Just so we don’t forget the cost of freedom. Even if it doesn’t seem like much, it still costs. My son right before he died, he said I would rather keep them here than coming over to our country and killing innocent people. They’re still protecting us and I don’t want that to be forgotten,” said Zimmer.
They are going to 16 cities around Ohio this year to set up the memorial. There are 301 flags to represent the 301 Ohioans that passed away during the War on Terrorism. Zimmer said there is not enough room to put flags in the ground for every single person that has passed from the War on Terrorism, so he just has the other state flags flying.
Zimmer added, “Each one of these flags, well the ones that aren’t up yet. They represent a life, that used to be out here with us probably celebrate this. Then we have the 50 state flags and 49 represent. I can’t put up over 7,000 flags. There is not enough real estate. So, I just want everyone to remember that the other 49 states have losses as well.”
You can go hear the Shouting of Names, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and more at Zanesville High School from 6 till 7:30 Friday.