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Ohio Flags of Honor set up in Boardman

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BOARDMAN, Ohio -

All weekend long, the Valley has been invited to Boardman to remember Ohio's fallen heroes. 

The Ohio Flags of Honor memorial features 800 American flags. 

Two-hundred-ninety-nine are inscribed with the names of fallen service men and woman killed in action since 9/11.

"When we started out, there were 69 KIA. Now we're at 300 Ohioans," said Gino Zimmer, who started the non-profit foundation.

"The statement has been made many times that freedom isn't free, and when you see 299 flags it shows it's not free," said Bob Julian with Veteran's Outreach.

The memorial is now in its 13th year. Zimmer and his wife started the idea after their son was killed in Iraq.

"He was our only child and I didn't know what to do in life and you might say God helped me think of this," said Zimmer.

The Ohio Flags of Honor memorial now travels the state, standing as a reminder that freedom doesn't come free.

The memorial has been on display at Boardman Park since Friday. A closing ceremony will take place Sunday at 2 pm.

To learn more about the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial click, here.

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