Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

Generations of service

At the Clermont County Fair a few weeks ago, I had the honor of administering the oath of enlistment to young men and women volunteering to serve the United States of America in uniform. These recruits don’t know where their responsibilities will take them, but they understand the call to serve their nation.

Service to others is something more important than self. Arthur Ashe remarked that, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” The opportunity to serve cannot exist without the blessings of freedom.

These recruits enlisted because of their sense of duty and they will come to know the values of service. In the Army, we operate on the core principles outlined in the acronym LDRSHIP: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These valuable traits will enhance their character both in military and civilian life.

When these new recruits return from their assignments, whether in peacetime or at war, a grateful nation will greet them – a welcome departure from the angry and divisive days of Vietnam. On the recent 62nd anniversary of Korea Armistice Day, the House VA Committee laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor the sacrifices made by those that served in the so-called “forgotten war” – the Korean War. Everyday citizens are working to correct any shortcomings by volunteering and organizing hundreds of “Honor Flights” to escort WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that honor them.

This August, I join hundreds of thousands of fellow Reservists and Guardsmen that complete two weeks of active duty training. Today, as when I served in Iraq, I have the honor of working with many of our troops that have sacrificed so much personally, including physically and emotionally, on behalf of the well-being and survival of our nation.

Since the Revolutionary War, more than 42 million people have served in the American military during wartime. Our commitment to those who served has faltered in recent years, from secret wait lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs to backlogged disability claims. I’m glad to report that we’ve passed numerous bills in the House this year to address these shortcomings. Amongst these are the Veterans ID card Act, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, and the VA Accountability Act.

There is more work to be done, of course. We will work to keep the promises made to our veterans so that our troops will never question our nation’s commitment to them.

During the chaos of WWI, Private Martin Treptow was killed while serving in France. In his recovered diary, Private Treptow had jotted down the following: ”America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”

Amid the heat and heavy air on that Sunday afternoon at the Clermont County Fair, after looking into the eyes of America’s newest defenders, I could see that Private Treptow’s commitment lives on within today’s generation of servicemen and women – and we are grateful.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup represents the Second District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a member of the Army Reserve.

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup

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