Flags

File. Tito Martinez, a member of American Legion Post 537 of Oregon, carries a flag before placing it in the ground at IBEW Local 8 in Rossford.

ROSSFORD — For the second consecutive year, the powerful imagery of the Ohio Flags of Honor will return to the city.

The event will begin with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday. Approximately 800 flags will be displayed at the Electrical Industry Building, 727 Lime City Road.

Many of the flags will be at the site prior to the event with the ceremony to feature the final 300 or more American flags added. Each of the final flags added carries the name of a fallen service member.

During the opening ceremony, the name of each Ohio fallen service member is shouted out by local commanders of the Rossford American Legion Post 533 and Rossford VFW Post 6409. Each flag is placed in the ground to honor each fallen soldier and a bell will ring for the soldier.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will include a wreath laying.

Rossford resident and Gold Star mother Sharon Belkofer, whose son, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Belkofer, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, helped bring the traveling exhibit to Rossford for the second year.

At last year’s display in Rossford, Gold Star mother Darline Dunlap said the display was moving.

“This was awesome, it was just awesome. It’s a great reminder that our freedom isn’t free. I hope people remember that,” she said.

The flags will remain in place until the closing ceremony on Sunday at 2 p.m. The end ceremony will include the playing of the National Anthem and closing remarks by Rossford Mayor Neil McKinnon III, a rifle salute and taps.

Volunteers are needed for both setting up prior to the event, as well as with dismantling and storing the flags following the closing ceremony.

For more information visit www.ohioflagsofhonor.org

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