Celebrating Our Independence
A Guest Column by Senator Jay Hottinger
June 29, 2017
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In the coming days, many of us will gather with family and friends for parades, picnics and fireworks to honor the 241st anniversary of our founding fathers’ signing of the Declaration of Independence. More than two centuries after this most historic of event, our forefathers’ vision of a land of freedom and opportunity for all continues to serve as a beacon of hope and promise to people throughout the world.
Our independence did not come without a struggle, and the Fourth of July holiday serves to remind us of the steep price of freedom. From those first patriots who took up arms, to the men and women serving in our armed forces today, we remain grateful to all those who have answered the call to duty.
In the Ohio Senate, we have sought to recognize the many skills our veterans acquired to defend our country. In recent years we have passed a number of initiatives to help attract and retain talented veterans here in Ohio. Notably, we have required Ohio’s occupational licensing agencies and public universities to award course credit for a veteran’s qualifying military training or coursework. The Ohio Senate has also sought to recognize the sacrifices of Ohio’s veterans and their families through the recent passage and enactment of Ohio Purple Heart Day, Blue Star Mother and Families Day, and Armed Services, Peace Officer, First Responder and Dual Service Recognition Day.  
I wish you and your family a fun and safe Fourth of July and I hope you will join me in taking a moment during the celebration to remember all the men and women who have made our founding fathers’ vision of a free nation possible.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse, please reach out to my office via the Ohio Senate website or through my Facebook or Twitter accounts.


Senator Hottinger represents the 31st Ohio Senate district, which encompasses all or part of Coshocton, Holmes, Licking, Perry and Tuscarawas counties.

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