Fallen Ohio Soldiers Remembered

by Danielle Cotterman on October 15, 2011 at 5:40 am

The community gathered Saturday morning to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to support those serving in the military today.

It was all apart of the 5th annual Military Fest. The day began with the Ohio Flags of Honor Ceremony with more than 400 American flags being placed in memory of fallen Ohio soldiers. In attendance was Steve Harper, who lost his son in Iraq nearly 7 years ago.

"One of the things I said when my son was killed was, ‘Will America remember?’ I always come back to that point and they surly do," said Harper. "I appreciate anything to keep our son’s memories and of all of those who lost their lives for our country."

Following the ceremony military members-both past and present- were encouraged to visit more than 40 exhibits offering an array of information and networking opportunities for Military families.

"When you have a loved one that is stationed, a lot of the time those deployments are very hard on the family," said American Red Cross Executive Director Marlene Henderson.

Military Veteran wife Alice Sands still remembers the time her husband served in Desert Storm. Sunday she came out to learn more about Veteran Affairs Healthcare and to show her grandchildren all that is available.

"That’s why we’re here, to teach them about Veterans, the Military, and all the help they can get," explained Sands.

For more information and to find support visit, http://www.militaryfamilyfest.yolasite.com/