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Ohio father keeping son's memory alive

Gino Zimmer's son died in Iraq in 2004. The father has done everything he can since to keep alive the spirits of his son and fellow soldiers. (WSYX/WTTE)

Hundreds of American flags waved in the breeze in Grove City over Father's Day weekend. It was all part of one local dad's mission to honor his war hero son on Father's Day and every day.

"It is the best Father's Day I could ever have," said Gino Zimmer with the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial. "I'm with my son, you know, that is why I do this. It is a way to still hang out with him, still care for him."

Four hundred flags line Park Street near the Grove City Police Department.

"The flags with the black on them are the names of the soldiers killed in action," said Zimmer.

His only son, 20-year-old Nicholaus, died while serving in Iraq in 2004.

"He was so wise and I am so proud of him and I am showing that by keeping his memory alive along with his comrades," said Zimmer.

Pictures of Nicholaus wrap around the flag pole, and flowers from family rest in front of his flag. His dad has now traveled to just about every corner of Ohio with the flags.

"I could say over and over all these different moments I've had that I know God is telling me you're doing the right thing, hang in there, keep trudging forward," said Zimmer.

For the Grove City community it's a touching tribute to those who serve.

"We just thought it was so beautiful," said Christy Stewart who lives nearby.

This lifelong-resident brought her family to see the four hundred flags wave near downtown.

"We chose to have our grandchildren and great nieces and nephews come down and see it," said Stewart, "thought it was really important that they understand the importance of this display."

The flags have been packed up and will next be in Tiffin in early July.

If you want more information on how to help, visit the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial website.

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