Ohio Flags of Honor

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Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Independence Day weekend in Groveport featured the Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial, which honors the men and women of Ohio who gave their lives in service to their country. Specifically, those fallen in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001.
The Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial was held July 2-5 in a field at Madison Christian Church, 3565 Bixby Road, Groveport. Pictured here is Jay Montgomery, who was one of many volunteers who helped set up the flag display. The field was filled with 960 flags that included American flags, state flags, and service flags. Of those, 302 honor those who gave their lives.
Gino Zimmer is shown here driving in stakes that supported the flags. “Driving in the stakes takes love,” said Zimmer. “It’s important they are perfectly straight.” Zimmer started Ohio Flags of Honor in 2005 in memory of his son, Nicholaus Zimmer, a U.S. Army SPC who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. “He’s here with us spiritually,” said Zimmer. The event at Madison Christian is the last Ohio Flags of Honor, according to Zimmer. “It’s physically demanding to set up,” said Zimmer. “We do it with 100 percent volunteers. We’re going to move on now and support the military in different ways.”
Volunteers helping to set up the Ohio Flags of Honor.
The Ohio Flags of Honor.

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