Ohio Flags Of Honor 8/8 - 8/10/14
This year, the city’s Weekend in the Commons Celebration will once again bring a deeper meaning to the concept of community with the presentation of the Ohio Flags of Honor, a traveling display that honors the men and women from throughout our state that paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gino Zimmer, father of Army Specialist Nicholaus Zimmer who was killed in Iraq just over 10 year ago on May 30, 2004 is co-founder and President of the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation and travels with over 550 United States flags, each inscribed with the name of an Ohio fallen service member. His commitment to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of his son and all of Ohio’s Fallen Heroes is remarkable.
Joining him in commitment and dedication is United States Marine Corps retired Lt. Col, and former Safety Director for the City of Brook Park, Angelo Nuzzo. Angelo has been the driving force behind these memorials in northeast Ohio for many years. He has connected us with the numerous volunteers who make this event so special, including active military, veterans and veteran organizations, the Winds of Change musical group, Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Unit, and bagpipers and bugler, among others.
The Opening Ceremony for the display will be held on Friday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m. The families of Ohio’s Fallen from all over the country have been invited and many will attend the Opening Ceremony. This ceremony is a powerful, solemn and respectful event where the names of each service member will be read, a bell rung as their name is called, and the flags posted by families and community members throughout the Greenbrier Commons.
Our guest speaker this year, along with Gino Zimmer, is Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, the Adjutant General of the State of Ohio. Other local participants include Fr. Lawrence Jurcak of St. John Bosco Church, Pastor Doug Gunkelman of Divinity Lutheran Church, the Ohio Army National Guard 112th Engineer Battalion, Strongsville VFW Post 3345, members of our local Boy and Girl Scout troops, members of the Valley Forge High School football team and Patriot travel baseball team, as well as members of City Council and numerous city employees and community volunteers
The flags will remain on display in the Greenbrier Commons in front of the library building and Pearl Road fire station until the Closing Ceremony for the display on Sunday, August 10th at 12:00 p.m.
All our residents and members of the surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to join us as we remember and honor our Fallen Heroes. Additional information is available at the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation’s website www.ohioflagsofhonor.org.
Michael P. Byrne is the Mayor of the City of Parma Heights