Love for country, unwavering service

Cliff Rosenberger - Ohio House Speaker

May is a month where we recognize important people and moments in our lives; we appreciate our mothers and celebrate high school and college graduates.

We also take the time to honor the men and women who serve diligently in the United States military. With Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day both falling in the month of May, we have the opportunity to show our gratitude for all those who have served our beloved country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

While the warmer weather can cause much anticipation for summer cookouts and days off spent at the pool, it is vitally important that we take time to thank our currently serving military members, veterans, and the families of those who gave their lives to protect our precious freedoms.

As a veteran of the Air National Guard, I have had the privilege of serving with men and women of all different backgrounds who left their homes and families to answer the call to duty. Those who make that tough decision, all out of love and respect for our country, deserve the highest praise.

Last week, I was overwhelmed with appreciation to serve as the guest of honor for the Marine Barracks Washington D.C. Battle Color Detachment as they performed for the first time in history on the lawn of our very own Ohio Statehouse.

In collaboration with Nationwide, the Ohio House was able to welcome the “Oldest Post of the Corps” to put on an unforgettably patriotic performance for the public.

No performance like this has ever taken place at the Statehouse, and it was truly a historic event that everyone in attendance and I will remember for a lifetime. The event was the perfect way to honor both Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.

As I watched every service man and woman in the crowd stand as the song from their branch of the military was played, I was overcome with a grand love for America and indebtedness to our armed forces.

We truly live in the greatest country in the world.

As Memorial Day approaches this weekend, I encourage you to make a special visit to the military member or veteran in your life and tell them thank you.

As you gather with your family and friends in celebration of the holiday’s activities, remember the millions of lives lost in the numerous battles and wars that the United States has fought in preservation of our freedom and liberty.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger represents the 91st District, which includes Clinton County.

Cliff Rosenberger

Ohio House Speaker