COLUMBUS— “Veterans Day provides a special opportunity to recognize those individuals who have served our nation honorably as members of the armed forces,” State Representative Bob Cupp said. “We thank them for their service in protecting our nation and, as a consequence, preserving our country’s most fundamental principles of liberty, opportunity for all, and recognition of the inherent worth of each individual.”

“But, for most veterans, their service to country and community does not stop upon their discharge from the service,” added Cupp.

Each year, Ohio recognizes Ohio military veterans by induction into the Ohio Military Veterans Hall of Fame.  Notably, several local veterans have received this honor.  Allen County veterans Phil Meeks and Nathan Shaffer, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, are representative of the veterans from Allen County who epitomize the high service to country and community that veterans stand for.

Those selected for the honor of induction Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are veterans who have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow man with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.

Phil Meeks of Lima served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was an integral part of establishing a Naval Reserve Center in Lima in 1948. Meeks is lifetime member and post commander of American Legion Post 133 and VFW Post 1274, as well as a founding member of AMTVETS 1 and a member of the Allen County Veterans Council.

Nathan Shaffer of Spencerville, served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, and later the Ohio Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. He was instrumental in building the Spencerville Area Veterans Memorial Park and is a life member of the VFW Post 6772, where he also serves as a member of the Post Color Guard.

At the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony this past May (in Columbus) a plaque, containing the names of Meeks and Shaffer, was unveiled as part of a yearly effort to induct individuals from across the state and nation who have made a significant impact on their communities.  They joined Allen County veterans inducted in previous years, including George Cox of Spencerville, Korean War veteran; and Walter Lawson, Jr,. of Lima, World War II veteran.

“If you enjoy your freedom, thank a veteran not only on Veterans Day but throughout the whole year,” Cupp concluded.

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