With Veterans Day falling on a Friday this year, we are given extra opportunity this weekend to honor the sacrifice that so many of our country’s service members have made over the years. From the American Revolution through the Civil War, World War I and World War II to our current military operations, our country’s veterans—including a great number of Ohioans—have inspired us by putting themselves forward for the cause of protecting our nation and defending the freedoms that we enjoy.
Many service members have given up their lives to preserve our liberty and keep us safe, while others have willingly answered the call to service during times of peace. No matter what, Veterans Day is a time to recognize and honor these men and women, many of whom left behind their families and friends as they fulfilled their duties.
Originally known as Armistice Day, this has been a day not only to honor veterans, but also to highlight the very important role that peace plays in the world. We observe Veterans Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that is when, in 1918, fighting ceased during World War I.
As House Speaker, it’s my privilege to serve with many distinguished fellow veterans in the House. We in the House also have the honor of publicly recognizing veterans when they visit the House chamber as a way of showing each of them gratitude for their service.
Later this month, the House and Senate will be holding a joint session to award the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the families of Ohioans who have fallen serving our country. It is very humbling to visit with loved ones, as well as those service members still with us who have unselfishly given themselves to such a great cause.
Whether you have been a member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard—or you are currently serving the United State in one of those branches—thank you for dedicating yourself to a nation that depends on you and is grateful for the blessings and freedoms you have preserved for us.