Hundreds will come out to support, honor and respect our fallen heroes this weekend.
The Ohio Flags of Honor program will make its annual stop in Zanesville to remember those who have lost their lives overseas, fighting for our country. Ohio has lost 294 soldiers in battle, both in Afghanistan and Iraq. Flags of honor will be on display at Zane’s Landing Park all weekend long to remember their sacrifices. Event chairman, Bud Johnson, said Muskingum County is one of only three counties the traveling memorial visits.
"It’s a program that honors all the young heroes that Ohio has lost since 2002, and Ohio is the only state that has a traveling flag display that honors their losses, and it will be here in Zanesville Friday night, starting at 6 p.m. with the services where we shout out each name as we bring them into the honor section," Johnson said.
The event is even more special this year than in years past, as it is also Veteran’s Appreciation Weekend. Bikers riding in the Wounded Warrior Project’s, Poker Run, will take an honorary ride through the flag display to show their respect.
"Just come down and see it, because these young people sacrificed everything they had to keep us free and to do this," Johnson said. "Just a way of showing respect and remembrance, especially for the Gold Star parents, because you can’t replace a child, but you can remember him."
Johnson said he anticipates folks from all over the state coming out to see the memorial. The flags will be on display starting Friday night through Sunday.