Surrounded by family and dignitaries from Logan County, Joe Estep received the flag that flew over the Logan County Courthouse in October of this year. The ceremony took place in the Logan County Commissioners meeting room and was attended by representatives from several different county offices.
Estep, a 1991 graduate of Indian Lake High School and currently of rural DeGraff, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 until 2014, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. While in the Marines, Estep received numerous decorations including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Estep talks about being honored:
The recognition ceremony began in March of this year and was the idea of Commissioner Mike Yoder. Yoder said the lifespan of each flag that flies over the courthouse is approximately 30 days. Instead of disposing of the flags, they are given to local veterans and first responders. The Logan County Veteran’s Services Commission forwarded a list of veterans to the commissioners and the recognitions have continued every month.
On the back of the flag case was a certificate of authenticity which read: “On behalf of the Commissioners of Logan County, Ohio, and the citizens of said county, please accept this flag which was flown above the Logan County Courthouse in October of 2023 as a symbol of our appreciation for your honorable and faithful service to the United States of America and Logan County, Ohio.”