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.
I learned this lesson from my father who fought in the Philippines during World War II. Thanks to him, I live with honor and respect for what military men and women fight for to secure the liberties we enjoy every day. My oldest brother flew for the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War era, and three children of my own are serving in the military. I appreciate the sacrifices that they and others make to protect our freedom.
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 and we should honor their sense of duty every day, especially Veterans Day.
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. In doing so it is important to recognize the courage of families that have supported this call to duty.
Please take an extra few minutes today to share your thanks for the veterans in your families and around your communities.
State Senator Joe Uecker represents the 14th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Scioto Counties as well as a portion of Lawrence County.