|As we awake to little feet walking thru the motorhome to wake us up, Gavin and Addie felt it was time for us to arise. It is going to be another beautiful day parked in Chip’s driveway, love the rate on the campsite.
The kids are like little water bugs since they have the pool in the backyard so they always use it weather permitting and today the weather permits. We do have a full day because we will be visiting the Ohio Military Museum in Massillon and attending the Ohio Flags of Honor ceremony in downtown Massillon today. The Ohio Military Museum is a small museum that has uniforms that date back to the Civil War and lead you to the present day of military service. What is unique is each uniform has the story of the service person that it had belonged to. A very interesting point was the number of Medal of Honor service people that had uniforms from their time in the service. I did not realize how many Medal of Honor service people are from Ohio. This is a free museum that is funded on just donations from visitors. This is a hidden gem tucked away in the city of Massillon.
Our next stop was the Ohio Flags of Honor ceremony that was held in the city square. They have the entire park set up honoring the service people from all the wars that our country has been engaged in. The one monument that I have not seen very often was the Merchant Marine monuement honor the men and women of World War II. It was a memorial service honoring all of the fallen service people from the state of Ohio. The Gold Star Mothers organization was instrumental in bringing this to Massillon, the lady in charge of the Massillon chapter is a member of Chip’s church. Gold Star Mothers are the mothers that their sons or daughters gave the ultimate sacrifice of life for God and Country. American Flags were placed in the park with the names of all fallen service people from the state of Ohio since 9/11, it was a touching ceremony. All branches of the services were represented with a Joint Service Honor Guard presenting the colors. As each name was called a flag was placed in the park and a bell was rung for each name. Everyone at the ceremony was able to carry a flag to the park. As you see by the pictures the Belanga family were involved. After that we returned home and retired for the evening.