Lima, Ohio (WIMA) - Allen County Children Services started off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Children’s Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony at the Courthouse on Tuesday.

The flag depicts paper doll like figures of five children standing side by side- with a sixth figure represented by a thin white line- symbolizing a child lost to violence..

The flag was dedicated to the children of Allen County who have been victims of abuse- and the flag will fly all month as a reminder of the loss.

Also- take a stand against child abuse by wearing blue on Wednesday- April 9th.