History of the Monument
In 2001, the UAW Local 2075 Veterans Committee decided to thank the Veterans of Ohio and the rest of America for their service. George McManus, a Millwright and U.S. Navy Veteran, produced a small, flat piece of cardboard with five vertical strips of paper on it, that together composed the American Flag.
- The committee formalized the ideas for the monument and commissioned artist, Jerold Hill of Perrysburg, Ohio, to paint the concept.
- Construction began in 2007, and the monument was dedicated on May 22, 2010. The dedication included giving the monument to Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District for operation and maintenance. In the future years the expansion of the monument and the development of a museum is a priority.