Joint Convention of the 128th General Assembly at Franklin County Veterans Memorial.
Presentation of the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction.
In 2009, the Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 248, which established the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction, which shall be posthumously awarded to fallen soldiers. One 11/10/10, members of the 128th General Assembly awarded this medal to 190 Ohioans who have lost their lives in combat since September 11, 2001.
The Ohio Military Medal of Distinction features a gold star taken from the gold star service flag, which has been displayed in the homes of fallen service members' families since World War I. Each point on the star represents the five branches of service in which Ohio's men and women serve: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.