Honoring The Sacrifices Of Our Military Heroes
By Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab)
June 25, 2013
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Each House session begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer from a guest pastor or minister. It is a time for reflection and contemplation about the many blessings that we enjoy as Americans.

Last month, during what is called the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction ceremony, we were reminded once again about how fortunate we are that brave men and women are willing to fight for our country. Sadly, not all of them return home alive. The House and Senate gathered together for a joint session to honor the families that have suffered the loss of loved ones while in uniform.

It was the first time that I had been a part of the Medal of Distinction, which has been held annually since 2009. In all, the families of 16 men representing all branches of the military were on hand to accept the medal.

As you can imagine, the Pledge of Allegiance and opening prayer seemed a little more special during this occasion. The men we were paying tribute to that day all made a commitment to our country to stand together and fight together so that we may maintain “liberty and justice for all.” Thousands more continue to make that same commitment every day.

The United States is, and always has been, a special place. I think that it can be easy to live each day without taking time to recognize the things that make it so special, namely the people who put their bodies in harm’s way to preserve the same rights and liberties that previous generations had fought for.

We should make it a part of our regular lives to occasionally stop and offer thanksgiving for the selfless sacrifices made by our fellow countrymen. Above all else, that was the message I took away from the ceremony.

If you have not had the opportunity, I encourage you to watch the ceremony. It can be viewed online at http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=139074.

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