of OMHOF Medal
Ed Arthur envisioned and designed the Ohio Medal of Valor over
a period of time beginning in 1990. It represents all that its
recipients sacrificed for freedom as well as singles out the
recipient as representing his or her home state - Ohio.
Most importantly, Arthur wanted all its recipients to be
proud to wear this medal to share their love of their country
and the State of Ohio, and so that the greater population
can reach out to the veteran and reciprocate that respect
and devotion to service.
Components of the Medal
The green wreath in the background is in memory of those soldiers
who died in battle, but are not to be forgotten.
The cross is not a religious symbol, but rather represents
the four corners of the world in which our military have served.
The eagle is present because this award is for having served
in a national military branch of service.
The state outline with the state pennant inside this outline
represents that its recipients were either born in the State
of Ohio or inducted into a national branch of service while
in the State of Ohio.
So as not to be confused with other awards, Arthur wanted
all who see its recipient wearing this medal to have no doubt
as to why it was awarded - hence the word "Valor."
The red and white ribbon attached to the medal is symbolic
of the blood that was shed and the lives that were lost.
The adaptation of red, white, and blue within the medals
are symbolic of our nation's Stars and Stripes and the State
of Ohio pennant colors and what they represent.