A Time for Solemn Remembrance

As our nation commemorates Memorial Day, many of the 16,000 members of the Ohio National Guard will be supporting events in their communities this holiday weekend. They will march in parades, serve as honor guards at wreath laying ceremonies and pilot aircraft in flyover tributes to fallen heroes.

The holiday serves as an important time to pause and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. Since September 11, 2001, more than 25,000 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed to combat zones. With dedication, selflessness and courage, they have answered the call of duty. Fifteen of these brave heroes lost their lives.

While Memorial Day is a day of solemn remembrance, it is also a day to celebrate our men and women who gave all so that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms and benefits of this great nation. Each of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen we remember today have my heartfelt gratitude.

Major General Mark E. Bartman
Ohio Adjutant General

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