Reflecting on sacrifice

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Residents throughout the central Ohio region made a special trip to Grove City Aug. 7-9 to visit the Flags of Heroes display at the Purple Heart Memorial Walk in Henceroth Park. To commemorate the nationwide observance of Purple Heart Day, city officials planted 17 American flags near the trees dedicated to living and deceased veterans who received the Purple Heart. Here, James Albright stands beside the oak tree planted in his name in 2011. The Army veteran and resident of Commercial Point received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the Vietnam War. He said he often comes to the park with his family to reflect on the sacrifices of his fellow servicemen and servicewomen and also to check on his tree. He commended the city, who received a Purple Heart City designation in 2017, for the event and for the upkeep of the trees. “They have done a beautiful job with this park,” he said.
A family walks through the Flags of Heroes display as dusk approaches on Aug. 8. The city installed special lighting so visitors could walk through the path after hours.


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