CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Around the state, communities on Monday are honoring those who have answered the call to arms to defend democracy, at home and abroad.
Gov. John Kasich issued a proclamation on Friday honoring Ohio's veterans on November 11. Gov. Kasich states: "Many have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as they have fought for freedom, liberty and peace. We honor all veterans who have served, in any capacity, and we thank them for their selfless sacrifice to our country."
In Cambridge, dozens gathered on the Guernsey County Courthouse lawn to honor our local veterans. Judge Robert S. Moorehead Jr. those in attendance of the tremendous efforts of our fighting forces, past and present: "Perhaps the most significant event in preserving our way of life are the battles America does not have to fight. We do not have to fight because those who wish us harm cower away in fear, and we do not. Whether this country is represented by a Coast Guard cutter, a Navy aircraft carrier, an Air Force fighter squadron, or an Army soldier and Marine on patrol - our adversaries know that our soldiers are polite, they are professional, and they are ferocious fighters."
Master of Ceremonies Judge David A. Ellwood honored recent Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inductee Carlos Easterday. John Glenn High School student Abigail Callihan, winner of the district's Voice of Democracy competition, read her prize-winning speech on the relevance of the Constitution in modern America.
In Byesville, a Veterans Day Program will be held at Byesville VFW Post No. 3760 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Featured speakers will be Judge Robert Moorehead, American Legion 116 Commander Jack Whitehair, Byesville Mayor Ray Watson, and Joe "Grizz" Smith.
AVC Communications offers its thanks to all area veterans who have served their country in its times of need, and invites the listening public to do the same.