Generations of patriots have dedicated themselves to the defense of the United States.
On this Veterans Day, we honor our brave men and women, past and present, who have proudly served this great Nation. We should also take time to honor veterans’ families, because they too have served and sacrificed and deserve our thanks and admiration.
We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the peace agreement that ended World War I. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, the battlefields of war-torn Europe finally fell silent as more than four years of unfathomable destruction came to an end.
Today, nearly 100 years later, we honor the unwavering commitment to our country by all who’ve proudly worn the service uniforms of our Nation, including the soldiers and airmen of the Ohio National Guard.
Ohio National Guard veterans are among the most talented, dedicated, and innovative professionals in the world. They are a direct reflection of what’s best about our country. When they leave our ranks, they take with them the knowledge gained from earning academic degrees, certifications, and mastering technical skills. Often, they use the skills they learned in the military to continue to serve their communities.
There are nearly 800,000 veterans living in Ohio, and communities throughout the state will hold special ceremonies and parades to honor them this weekend. Ohio National Guard soldiers and airmen will be among those walking parade routes and making Veterans Day speeches. On this Veterans Day, we express our gratitude to the men and women whose service reflects the nation’s best. They are an inspiration to current and future generations of military leaders.
MAJ. GEN. MARK E. BARTMAN
Ohio adjutant general
President Trump should do research
The Blade coverage of President Trump’s trip to Japan included his meeting with Japanese and U.S. business leaders.
The President delivered a “scathing critique” of the trade relationship between the two countries. Japan, he said, bought virtually no cars from the United States while exporting millions of vehicles into the U. S. market. “Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over,” he said.
Apparently, he is unaware of Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., where the company employs more than 8,000 American workers. Honda, with several plants in Ohio, employs approximately 9,500 American workers.
Mr. Trump needs to start doing his homework.
HENRY R. POVOLNY
Priorities wrong in United States
We need a strong defense, but we spend more on this than eight other countries combined, including Russia and China.
We need to feel secure in a store, in a school, and in a church. No one needs assault rifles but the military and the police.
MELVIN F. LANE
Put speed cameras in construction zone
In regard to the Oct. 28 letter “Speed limits are posted for a reason,” I ask: Where are the speed cameras?
On a regular basis, I see officers on I-475 between Secor Road and Corey Road, where there is no road construction going on.
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