(ROSSFORD, OH, May 13, 2019) Ohio Flags of Honor, www.ohioflagsofhonor.org, a patriotic memorial honoring more than 300 Ohio service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, will be on display May 17, 18, and 19 in Rossford. The event, which features more than 800 flags, will be held at the IBEW/NCEA facility, 807 Lime City Road. The solemn ceremony includes posting flags in honor of every Ohio soldier who gave their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and globally in the War on Terrorism.
During the opening ceremony, the name of each Ohio fallen service member is shouted out by local commanders of the Rossford American Legion Post #533 and Rossford VFW Post #6409. A flag is placed in the ground to honor each fallen soldier and a bell is rung for the soldier.
Rossford resident and Gold Star mother Sharon Belkofer, whose son, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Belkofer, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, helped bring the travelling exhibit to Rossford for the second year.
The public is invited to the opening ceremony, Friday, May 17, at
6 p.m. The ceremony will include a wreath laying by family members of Rossford fallen soldier LTC Thomas Belkofer, a rifle salute, and taps. A special reception for Gold Star families will be held after the ceremony. The flags will be up all weekend and will be lit up throughout the night. The memorial will remain open to the public until the closing ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. with the playing of the National Anthem, closing remarks by Mayor Neil McKinnon III, a rifle salute, and taps.