Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial ceremony set for September 8
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Next Saturday, September 8, the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial will hold its annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony honoring all Ohio service members killed in the War on Terror and their Gold Star families left behind.
“More than 260 Ohioans have given their lives in the line of duty since 9/11,” said OFHM President and an Iraq War veteran Shawn Delgado. “This Memorial exists to show their families, friends and all of the public, that Ohio does not forget its fallen heroes.”
Speakers at this year’s ceremony will be Congressman Pat Tiberi, OFHM Founder Jerry Jodrey, Gold Star family member Teresa English and Delgado.
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was established in 2005 through the efforts of veterans, Gold Star families, and other patriotic Ohioans, who wanted to create a lasting tribute to those killed in the War on Terror.
Each Ohio service member killed in the line of duty is honored with the placement of a large marble marker bearing his or her name, rank and date of death. The Memorial currently contains more than 255 markers, as well as a chapel, a courtyard of honor, and various military sculptures and flags.
The Memorial was recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives as a statewide memorial to Ohio’s fallen in 2005.
Each year, the OFHM holds a luncheon at Sunbury United Methodist Church for nearly 250 Gold Star family members, who then walk en masse across the street to the Memorial site in Sunbury.
There, with the public, elected officials and members of the military in attendance, a ceremony honors the fallen – culminating in the reading of each service member’s name aloud.
The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m., followed by a night-long vigil at the Memorial by members of Sunbury’s VFW Post 8736.
“This event is a powerful way to observe 9/11, and we encourage the public to join us,” added Brian Stewart, OFHM Vice President and an Iraq War veteran. “Standing in the middle of this field of markers gives you a powerful sense of the level of Ohio’s sacrifice for our nation.”
For more information, go to < ohiofallenheroes.org >.