Honoring our Nation’s Veterans
A Guest Column by Senator John Eklund
Last Tuesday, people across America went to the polls to exercise one of the most sacred rights we hold as Americans. The right to self govern is a rare opportunity throughout world history, and one we must not take lightly.
This weekend we honor our nation’s many veterans in a special way for their selfless service to our nation in defending and preserving that right and all of our rights and privileges as Americans. It is fitting that we do so.
Veterans Day was originally known as “Armistice Day” in memory of the day World War I, “the war to end all wars,” came to an end. In the modern era, this day is dedicated to honoring all the men and women who have taken up the flag of the United States in support of our nation’s safety.
From Lexington and Concord to Gettysburg, Normandy, and Baghdad, Americans in service have always stood for something bigger than any one person. Those who have served in uniform on behalf of the United States are paragons of our nation’s heritage, defenders of the idea that we all are created equal, and bastions against challenges to our intrinsic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They set examples of commitment to which we all should aspire.
Over the past 200 years, more than a million Ohio citizens have answered the call to serve this country at home and around the world, and today nearly 900,000 veterans call Ohio home.
I hope this weekend, and every day of the year, you will join me in honoring our nation’s many veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much on our behalf to secure this nation we all love.
To those who have served or are currently serving, I offer you my heartfelt thanks.
Senator John Eklund represents the 18th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or parts of Geauga, Lake and Portage counties. He serves as the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Criminal Justice.
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