Flags of Freedom Ready for Viewing

by Audry Kensicki on May 14, 2010 at 7:09 am

More than 500 flags are now waving proudly at Zane Landing Park in Zanesville.

The opening ceremony for the Flags of Freedom event kicked off Friday.

The founder of the Flags of Freedom, Gino Zimmer, says one flag holds special place in his heart–the flag that represents his son who lost his life in Iraq.

"It was the only way that I could get it out of myself when my son died in Iraq," he said. "It will be six years ago this Memorial Day that will mark the anniversary. It was a calling, I guess. I had to get it out of myself and into others, or else I wouldn’t have survived."

Zimmer hopes those who come see the flags will understand the sacrifice each soldier has given to our country.

"[I want them to have] Some appreciation for what’s still going on," he said. "A lot of us ignore that now. A feeling of goodness that you did something to support those who aren’t coming home, at least not alive. And supporting those who are still there now."

The flags will be available for viewing 24 hours a day until mid-day Sunday.

The event is free and open to the public.