Flags Fly Honoring Those Who Have Fought

by Mark Bullion on May 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

There’s now a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by soldiers fighting in the war on terrorism in Zanesville.

The Ohio Flags of Honor event opened up at Zane Landing Park Friday evening as dozens gathered to remember, honor, and respect those who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for our country. One of those that were in attendance, a Vietnam Vet paying his respects.

"We’ve been through a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I praise everyone that’s here, the ones that have passed and I really appreciate the ones that are in the service today," said Vietnam Veteran Steven Winland.

Zanesville Army Recruiter Sargeant First Class Donald Carle says for him, it is a personal thing.

"There were people here that I knew personally. One in particular, I was a very good friend with. It’s hard to put that into words," said Carle.

242 of the flags represent Ohio soldiers who lost their lives.The Ohio Flags of Honor started in 2006 by a couple from Columbus who lost their son in Iraq on Mmorial Day 2004.The exhibit will remain open throughout the weekend.