Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy” OVCTC, GE host Community Service Day 65 years in the pulpit Jamison, Richmond, Minshew conquer second race of 2017 Brushcreek season Manchester’s Cox signs with Rio basketball program Senior Profile: Andrew Weeks A dozen SHAC champions Thomas D Lute Sandra F Schwab Turning something broken into something beautiful Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide One dead, two injured in ATV accident 2017 Graduation Ceremonies West Union Alumni and Friends Educational Fund announces 2017 Scholarship Awards TAG students tour Pennsylvania Commissioners proclaim Older Americans Month Building an anti-drug culture one t-shirt at a time SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS NAES students awarded Science Camp scholarships SSCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program celebrates graduation Bauman selected to National 4-H Congress Lois Pertuset Hazel Nixon Philip L Paeltz Manchester Youth Volleyball Camp begins May 30 Jase Thatcher Figgins’ walk-off winner sends North Adams to Division III sectional finals Lady Hounds top East 10-3 in sectional opener Commissioner Pell, union reps travel to DC Forgotten experience brings back good memories for WUHS seniors Gordon Boldman Local teen injured in jeep accident BCI Investigation underway Rick Arnold Happy Mother’s Day- Do you want food? Robert Hodge Melvin Tipton Lady Dragons Basketball Camp begins May 22 Lady Devils Basketball Camp is May 30-June 1 National Day of Prayer celebrated in county NAES students enjoy day at GABP Car strikes Amish buggy near Winchester Eldon J Shoenleben Farming out life lessons to children and parents Proposed Medicaid changes could cost Adams County millions Annual ‘Redneck Run” returns to Manchester May 13 They really were the best of times West Union hosts Junior High, High School County Track Meets Figgins signs with SSCC Soccer Perfect again! Senior Profile: Caley Grooms James T Hughes Anderson signs with Rio Grande Basketball Senior Profile: Miranda Schiltz Playing for Dad, Part II Lady Indians win SHAC Big School title Danny Bryant Sadie Stamm Franklin E Brayfield Softball, baseball tourney match ups announced Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to Georgetown next week Southern Ohio Genealogical Society offers program on ‘Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center’ Joseph A Johnson Jr Kramer tosses two shutouts in five days Trip to Akron = two more wins for Lady Indians softball Devils blank Dragons in non-conference battle Meade twins part of Rio baseball program Playing for Dad Senior Profile: Madison Welch As Mr. Seas It, for ACOVSD High School graduates We stayed up all night with Bob Clean up of Manchester’s abandoned gas stations continues Ribbon cutting held for canoe/kayak access sites Columbus Industries donates driveway repair to Animal Shelter North Adams Elementary recognizes March Students of the Month Animal Shelter Adoption Center announces new hours of operation Major road construction planned for summer months West Union Elementary honors March Students of the Month Charles D Jordan Betty Ginn Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday

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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