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Military families are coming together to support our troops and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
This weekend the Ohio Flags of Honor Ceremony will lead into the 2011 Military Family Fest. Organizer James Applegate said the flags honor Ohio soldiers who gave their lives in service of our country in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world.
"It's going to be breathtaking," said Applegate. "There's going to be over 400 flags, probably closer to 500 altogether, with 10' flag poles and 3x5' flags - something that you've never seen before."
The name of each fallen soldier is read as a flag is posted in his or her honor. Military Family Fest begins after the ceremony and features local band Fello, a K-9 demonstration and activities for children. Applegate said the event is an excellent opportunity for families to network.
"They come out, and they talk to the different exhibitors," said Applegate. "Ron Rosser, a local gentleman who received the Medal of Honor from the Korean War, is our special guest. He likes to tell stories about what happened during the Korean War, and everybody loves to sit and listen to him."
The Ohio Flags of Honor Ceremony starts at 10 AM on Saturday at the Zanesville Municipal Airport. For more information, you can visit www.militaryfamilyfest.yolasite.com.