Sen. Sherrod Brown: Honoring Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
May 30, 2011 · Print This Article
Memorial Day is a somber remembrance set aside to honor the men and women who died in the service of our great nation. Behind the parades and picnics are stories of individual heroism and sacrifice. Collectively, these stories tell the history of a grateful nation and inspire us all to remember the lives who made our freedom possible.
As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I will attend Memorial Day services at the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery in Northfield, Ohio. On Memorial Day, a grateful nation stands behind the survivors of heroes in appreciation for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Gold Star Families and veterans deserve our continued support. That’s why it’s important that we ensure that all members of the Armed Forces receive the benefits and honors they have earned – on this solemn day and throughout the year.
My office has worked to replace and secure overdue Purple Heart and other military honors for veterans and their survivors throughout Ohio. Earlier this month, I was honored to present overdue or replacement military medals to nearly 30 veterans or their family members in a ceremony at the Summit County Veterans Service Commission in Akron. In May, I also presnted Ohio WWII Veteran Samuel Reeves, a former prisoner of war, with nearly one dozen medals in Cincinnati.
Ohio veterans and the family members of deceased veterans may request military records and medals by contacting my Cleveland office at (216) 522-7272 or by visiting the “Constituent Services” section of my website.