Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country
A Guest Column by State Senator Troy Balderson
November 11, 2017
 
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In 1941, America joined the World War II efforts and over 16 million men and women were mobilized. World War II saw many Ohioans volunteer to defend our nation. One of these service members was Sergeant Harold Davis who called Zanesville home. 

Born in 1920, Davis moved to Zanesville when he was 6 years old. In February of 1944, Sgt. Davis went missing after his plane crashed into a mountain in Papua New Guinea. This year, after almost 75 years, his remains were identified. Sgt. Harold Davis was flown home to Zanesville and laid to rest in August of this year. 

Stories like this one serve as a reminder that our veterans risk their lives each and every day to protect the freedoms we enjoy in America. The patriots who defend our flag display unwavering courage, and for this we owe them the our upmost respect and gratitude. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have volunteered to serve our country. I would also like to recognize the nearly 800,000 veterans in the state of Ohio – they have made their country, and state and communities proud. 

Veterans Day calls for us to acknowledge and honor those in the military for the great sacrifices they have made. It calls for us to celebrate those who have safely returned home and mourn with those who mourn the loss of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Veterans Day is an opportunity to pause and thank a neighbor who served many years ago, a reminder to stop a stranger in uniform and shake their hand, a chance to listen to the stories of those who have served and follow along with their experiences that helped shape the free world. To the service men and women —past, present, and future—we owe our sincerest gratitude, acknowledgement and respect.

On Veterans Day, let us all take an extra minute to thank and support those who have served our country. We are grateful for you, we are grateful for your families, and we are grateful for the sacrifices you have made to defend our freedom. 
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