By Lenny C. Lepola
On Sept. 6, the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial will hold its 9th Annual Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony and Gold Star Family Reception honoring all Ohio service members killed in the War on Terror and their Gold Star families left behind.
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was established in 2005 on East Cherry Street in Sunbury 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.
The Ohio House of Representatives recognized the OHFM as a statewide memorial to Ohio’s fallen in 2005.
Each of the Ohio service members killed in the line of duty since the War on Terror began is honored with the placement of a large marble marker bearing his or her name, rank, and date of death.
The Memorial also includes a chapel, a Courtyard of Honor and various military sculptures and flags.
Each year, the OFHM holds a private luncheon at Sunbury United Methodist Church for Gold Star family members, who then walk together across the street to the memorial site. There, with the public, elected officials and members of the military in attendance, a public ceremony honors the fallen, culminating in the reading of each service member’s name aloud. The public ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
For additional information visit the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial website at www.ohiofallenheroes.org.