BRECKSVILLE—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently attended a re-issuing medal ceremony for local Army veteran, James Swansiger.

James Swansiger, a Brecksville resident, was presented with the National Defense Medal for his service by Rep. Anielski, Congressman Dave Joyce, and Mayor Jerry Hruby. Swansiger served in the Army stateside during the Korean War enlisting when he was just nineteen years old. The National Defense Medal was established by an Executive Order signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and is awarded to service members who served honorably during a time of war or conflict.

Swansiger attended a Military/Veterans event hosted by Rep Anielski’s office in Brecksville and inquired about the process to obtain military medals. The next military/veterans event will be hosted on October 29th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Seven Hills Recreation Center (7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills, OH 44131). The event is free and open to the public.

“James and all of our military personnel have given personal sacrifices in leaving their loved ones to protect our freedoms,” said Rep Anielski. “It is our duty as legislators and citizens to do everything we can to honor and support our veterans as they have gone above and beyond to protect us. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent getting to know James and his wife Joan and hearing their wonderful and hilarious stories!”  

“Our veterans deserve nothing less than our full support and gratitude,” Congressman Joyce said.  “As the son of a World War II veteran, one of my greatest honors as an elected representative is being able to assist our military men and women who stood for us and the freedoms we hold dear.  It was a pleasure to work with Representative Anielski to ensure that Mr. Swansiger received the awards he earned through his service to our nation.”

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