As we approach Veterans Day, we will pause to reflect on what it truly means to live in the land of the free, home of the brave. Veterans Day was designated to remind us of the cost of our freedom and the great sacrifice our men and women in uniform have paid to achieve and protect it. Far too often we take for granted the unique opportunities we enjoy just by being American. I'm so thankful to call America my home and I'm so grateful to our troops and their families for the sacrifices they have made.
I'll be traveling around the District this week to take part in several Veterans Day ceremonies. I'm humbled to have been invited to stand beside men and women who have worn the uniform of our country and to recognize them for their service and to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. I'll be joining Judge Ethna Cooper today to recognize members of the Veterans' Court. On Friday I'll be taking part in a Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at San Antonio Church. I'll then speak to veterans in Hanover Township at their ceremony. And I'll finally join students and staff of Colerain Middle School who are hosting their first ever Veterans Day event.
I look forward to personally paying tribute to veterans right here in the First District of Ohio. I hope you'll remember to thank a veteran as well, or join me at some of the events I'll be attending. But most importantly, let us not allow Veterans Day to be the only time we honor those who fight for our freedom. May we always remember the true American heroes who have answered the call to serve. Thank you, and Happy Veterans Day.