During a brief ceremony on Saturday in Sunbury, several members of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter, gathered at the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial to present memorial treasurer Neal Kruse with a $750 donation dedicated to memorial maintenance.
82nd Airborne Division Association Central Ohio Chapter Chair Steve Holcomb said 49 of those memorialized at the site are airborne, 13 with the 82nd Division.
“The roots of the 82nd Division goes back to 1917,” Holcomb said. “In August of 1942 it became the 82nd Airborne Division. This year the 100th anniversary of the 82nd.”
Holcomb said the Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter is one of six chapters in Ohio.
“If you have ever been awarded Jump Wings, no matter the unit or branch of service, or been assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, you are eligible to become a member,” Holcomb said. “No matter when or where you served, there are always shared experiences and that special camaraderie that comes from serving in a special kind of unit and being a special kind of soldier – airborne.”
For additional information about the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter, contact Steve Holcomb at 614-260-9765 or email Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 82nd Airborne Division Association, Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter, can be found on Facebook at Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter. The national 82nd Airborne Association website is at 82ndairborneassociation.org.
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was founded and established in 2005 in Sunbury by several local Veterans who had a vision to build a 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.
For additional information about the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial and the men and women memorialized at the site go to ohiofallenheroes.org.
Lenny C. Lepola provided this report.