Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial

About Ohio Fallen Heroes

The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was founded and established in 2005 by several local Veterans who had a vision to build a beautiful tribute to all of the men and women in uniform from Ohio that have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our Country in the Global War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001.

Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, the Village of Sunbury and many financial contributors the memorial became a reality when it was dedicated on June 30, 2007.

The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial is recognized by Ohio House Resolution 30 as Ohio’s only recognized Memorial honoring all Ohio Military personnel killed in the War on Terrorism. 

We are a  non profit 501 ( c ) 3  Corporation and are registered with the
Ohio Secretary of State's Office

Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial
PO Box 92
Sunbury, Ohio 43074

For questions you can contact us at contact@ohiofallenheroes.org

Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Officers and Board of Trustees

President- Jim Bernholtz

Vice President - Darrin Klinger

Secretary- Megan Whatman
Treasurer - Neal Kruse

Trustees- John Campbell, Jordan Ohler, and Jim Sutton
Gold Star Family Committee Contact - 
Deb Nealon

PR Committee - Darrin Klinger, Brian Stewart, and John Campbell

Memorial Site Manager- Neal Kruse 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs the organization? The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Committee is made up of an all volunteer work force and is governed by the OFHM Board of Trustees and the Officer’s of the corporation. Regular meetings of the OFHM Committee are held the Second Tuesday of each month @ 7:00pm on the upper level of the Sunbury United Methodist Church. (located across the street from the memorial)

Who does the memorial honor? Any individual representing any branch of the armed services from the State of Ohio who has been killed or missing in action since  September 11, 2001 in the War on Terrorism will be recognized by this memorial.

Who qualifies for a memorial marker at the site? The white marble markers are designated  for Ohio service members who died in the line of duty deployed in a combat zone in the Global War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001.

Can I place memorabilia on my loved ones marker? Yes you may, however it can not contain any metal because the rust will damage the marker. If any metal is placed on the marker it will be removed immediately.

When did the ground breaking take place? June of 2005

Why was Sunbury, Ohio chosen for the memorial? This site is within 10 miles of the geographical center of Ohio and very accessible to all. Sunbury officials were approached about the project, the land was then designated by the Village of Sunbury in 2005.

Who is the Architect of the memorial? The architect is a very prominent central Ohio architect, Mr. George Parker principal of George Parker and Associates AIA donated his time.

Who is building the Memorial? The Memorial was constructed through the gracious help of  many donors both by financial contributions and volunteer labor.

How can I contribute to the Memorial? It is costly to maintain and operate this living memorial, we are always in need of financial assistance. You can click on the donate now tab and you will be able to see the options that work best for you.

Will my contributions be tax-exempt? The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial is a non profit 501 (c) 3 corporation and is tax deductible to the extent of law.

How can I help? The OFH committee needs individuals who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work with the committee to be good ambassadors for the Memorial. If you are interested in volunteering email us at contact@ohiofallenheroes.org

What ceremonies are held at the site? Each year the Saturday closest to  September 11.