The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club Veterans Day Memorial Meeting was one of the many Veterans Day observances taking place throughout the county November 11. This federal holiday, when the community comes together to celebrate freedom and honor all military personnel, was held at the Ohio Army National Guard Armory, 920 Lafayette Road, Medina.
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was established November 11, 1918, when World War I ended; it was to honor the soldiers who fought in that war. In 1954, it became Veterans Day, to celebrate all veterans of all wars. Two local veterans being remembered were young Ohioans, Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker, and FF Brett Wilson.
A fellowship breakfast was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the playing of the National Anthem, and an invocation delivered by U.S. Military Chaplain Colonel Dr. Reid Miller, after which key speakers briefly shared reflections on the significance of this day in history.
SSgt. Kevin Clark welcomed veterans, reserves, National Guardsmen, Rotarians, VIPs, and guests to the morning observance. He told the audience this first National Guard unit in Medina County was established in 1877; the unit moved into its present facility in 1992.
Event Chair David Lariviere gave a brief history of Veterans day, explaining the significance of 11-11-11: the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour of 1918, when the treaty was signed, officially ending World War I.
The audience's attention was directed to the Wall of Honor in Medina's Governor Brown National Guard Readiness Center where the names of Medina Countians who have served their country are proudly displayed. The Veterans Memorial Table, that solemnly pays tribute to, and remembers fallen military members, was set up in front of the Wall.
SSgt. Daniel Bamford, a trainer who has been deployed twice and has served in many capacities, shared some of his own 13-year personal history and experiences. He said he Is among the ordinary people who answer the call to duty, not for fame or money, but to protect the country and the American way of life -- "It is a privilege to fight for this country."
Among those National Guard members present was PFC Angie Morgan, a senior at the Medina County Career Center. The very dedicated Morgan who wants to serve her country joined the Guard her junior year in high school, following in her father's and sister's footsteps. She looks forward to being a combat medic, earning a nursing degree, and becoming a certified EMT.
Among the special guests were Rotary District 6630 Governor-Elect Patricia Myers and SFC Eric Hammond.