A Salute To Our Service Members On Veterans Day
A Guest Column by State Senator Troy Balderson
November 09, 2015
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Ohio is home to more than 800,000 of our nation’s veterans. These brave men and women have displayed courage and patriotism as they fought for our freedom across the globe. Our soldiers should be celebrated every day, but today is an especially important day to take an extra few minutes to show gratitude for our veterans.

In the year 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I came to an end. November 11 became a national holiday of remembrance in many allied nations, and in 1919 President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day in America. In 1954, Congress changed the law to declare November 11 as “Veterans Day” to reflect gratitude for American soldiers who fought in all wars.
War is accompanied by bloodshed, heartache, uncertainty and anguish. Yet, the patriots who volunteer to defend our country and freedoms display bravery and courage as they march onto the battlefield, hopeful to return home safely. It is for their bravery and patriotism that we should extend our heartfelt appreciation.

It is likely we all know someone who has served, or is currently serving. Please take a minute today to reach out to these people and thank them for their courage and selflessness, and if they are no longer here with you on this Earth, take some time out of your day to remember them in a moment of silence.
As Americans, we should not take Veteran’s Day for granted as “just another holiday,” or “a day off of school or work.” This holiday was established so that America would always remember the tragedies of World War I, and the sacrifices that our men and women in service have made and continue to make for us each day. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Let’s all do our best to live our lives from day to day with an appreciation for our Veterans by not only thanking them, but also being the best Americans we can be.

Today, we thank you, each of you, for your service.

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