Ohio is home to more than 800,000 of the nation’s 20 million veterans. These brave men and women have displayed courage and patriotism as they have carried our flag to every corner of the Earth.
Veterans Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the First World War. On November 11, 1918 the Allied Nations and Germany agreed to end hostilities, paving the way for the Treaty of Versailles to officially end World War I.
Following World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. November 11th is a day to reflect with pride in the heroes who selflessly served their country throughout American history.
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 gratitude.
Let us also extend gratitude and honor to all of those men and women who have lost their lives defending our country. Our soldiers risk their lives in times of both peace and war to protect us. They have earned this day of remembrance for their duty.
Our veterans and our fallen soldiers are given a tremendous respect, but there are also families – children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, etc. – who are left behind. Those family members exercise a degree of bravery as they fight to support their family and continue their life, hopeful that their loved one will one day return.
I would like to thank all the men and women who have volunteered to serve and those who have sacrificed their lives in the armed forces of the United States. It is important to recognize the courage of families that have supported this call to duty.
Our soldiers should be celebrated every day, but today is an especially important day to take an extra few minutes to share our thanks for our veterans.