Ohio Fallen Heroes

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Sunbury Ohio is small town in located in the almost exact center of Ohio which is why it was chosen to be home of the Ohio Fallen Heroes memorial which started its construction in 2005. This article was originally going to be about the history of memorial day and traditions in Sunbury but it turned into something bigger.

The Fallen Heroes memorial honors all the Ohio citizens who have lost their lives serving our country in the war on terrorism since September 11th 2001. It’s funded by donations and was founded by veterans and local Ohioans. The memorial is located right below the Sunbury library.

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In the front of the memorial there is a flag and beyond that there is around 280 crosses each with the name of a soldier. On the other side there is a building with a monument in front with the names of the different sections of the military. To the left is a statue and above the entrance to the door there is a plaque that reads “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never parish.”

Inside there the building there are benches and a beautiful stained glass window with an american flag and eagle. On the table in the front there is a bible and other things people have left at the memorial for their loved one. This includes letter that they have left out for others to read. The bible is marked with encouraging words and notes. This is when i really started to see  the purpose and meaning of this memorial.

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Inside the bible was opened to Isaiah 60:19-20.

“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”

Next to it was written “A verse from God, about our son.”

Visiting the memorial was a very touching experience that  would recommend to anyone. I got to meet soldiers, people who had family and friends with markers there, and veterans. I pass it almost every day without thinking twice but actually going down there and looking at the over 200 crosses really changed my perspective. Sometimes it’s easy to forget these makers represent people who had best friends, families, and pets just like me. Remember there’s never a wrong day to thank someone for serving our country.

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If you want to find out how to get involved or would like to make a donation to the memorial you can go to  http://www.ohiofallenheroes.org/ .  You can also learn more about the different heroes honored there and the events that they have. If you would like to volunteer at the memorial you can email contact@ohiofallenheroes.org .

 

About Sophia Strickling

Sophia is writer with a taste for adventure and art. When she’s not out on the ice skating, or getting lost in music, she can be found behind a camera. Pizza, naps, rainy days, and good books are what life is all about.

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