(Versailles, Ind.) – A tri-state hero will be remembered with a personalized flag donated by a organization dedicated to honoring fallen soldiers.
Army PFC Zachary Salmon was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in January 2011. Salmon’s armored vehicle was attacked. It was the 21-year-old’s first tour of duty in the Middle East.
Salmon is a true tri-stater. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. He mostly grew up in Harrison. His mother, Renee Cross, lives in Hebron and he has other family in Lawrenceburg.
To recognize Salmon’s sacrifice, the national organization Honor and Remember will donate a special flag to Cross. The group promotes the flag as a nationally recognized reminder to American lives lost in defense of our freedoms.
The flag will be personalized with Salmon’s name, rank, branch of service, and date of death lettered across the bottom.
Tim Keiffer, a captain with the Patriot Guard Riders of Southeast Indiana, said that the flag will be presented to Salmon’s mother during an upcoming public ceremony. It will take place Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 239 in Lawrenceburg.
Cross – considered a Gold Star mother since her son was lost in the war – wanted the ceremony to be open to the public, Keiffer said.
More information on Honor and Remember Foundation’s flag and what its design stands for can be found at http://www.honorandremember.org/.