Remembering our Fallen Heroes

by Ashley Zilka on May 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

A traveling memorial exhibit is hitting the road and coming to Zanesville this weekend.

The Ohio Flags of Honor exhibit carries more than 500 flags that travel across the state honoring our fallen heroes…service members who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Local Organizer, Bud Johnson, stresses the importance of this ceremony.

"It’s a great experience. I think the kids will walk away with something when they see somebody in their own age group that has sacrificed because we have people in there that are 18…18 years old," said Johnson.

The Ohio Flags of Honor started in 2006 by a couple from Columbus who lost their son in Iraq on Memorial Day 2004.  Johnson says, as of yesterday, the exhibit will include 242 flags that represent the number of service members from Ohio that have sacrificed their lives.  In 2006, there were 126 flags. 

"We are still losing young soldiers over there all of the time and they need to be honored, they need to be remembered, and the families you can see…just look at one of the families faces and you will know why I do it," said Johnson.

Johnson says out of the 242, eleven service members have been lost in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties…including two from the 660th Army Reserve Unit that drilled in Zanesville.  The opening ceremony begins on Friday at 6 p.m. at Zane’s Landing Park and will remain open throughout the weekend.