Traveling veterans’ memorial tours Ohio for 11th year

GROVE CITY, OH (WCMH) – The Ohio Flags of Honor is traveling across the state for its 11th year.

It was in Grove City this weekend and is now on it’s way to Wooster, Ohio.

“Just started it mainly with my sons death,” says Gino Zimmer. “You could say he’s the founder and now I’m the president.”

Zimmer is the president of the Ohio Flags of Honor. His son, Army Spc. Nicholaus Zimmer was killed in Iraq in 2004. His death was his father’s inspiration to create this traveling memorial.

“294 Ohioans who are here to date have been killed in action,” Zimmer says as he looks at the memorial, filled with hundreds of flags.

Each of those flags represents a fallen Ohio veteran, since the War on Terror began.

Army Spc. Joseph Riley’s family visited his flag on Friday. Riley was killed in Afghanistan in November 2014.

“We are very blessed by this,” says his mother Michelle Riley. “Not everybody gets this, so it’ just another thing that blesses us and humbles us.”

Michelle says it’s just one more way to never forget the sacrifice veterans make for our freedoms.

This afternoon, dozens from Grove City came to help put away the flags, including Boy Scout Troop #412.

Boy Scout Daniel Louron says he’s honored to volunteer his time.

“This is just a time to remember those who have fallen to protect our freedom, allowing us to have all of the things that we do have,” he says. “The least we could do for their sacrifice is to honor them in this way.”

Zimmer says many families in Ohio are still unaware that their loved one is represented by a flag in this memorial.

To learn more visit the Ohio Flags of Honor website.

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