Every veteran stood proudly Wednesday at Oberlin’s Veterans Day appreciation ceremony to say their name and when they served.
Roughly 110 people filled the New Russia Township Lodge to recognize the 20 veterans in attendance and the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our country.
“I’m no hero,” said guest speaker Matthew Miller, soldier in the Ohio National Guard and program manager for veterans initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College. “But I serve heroes every single day.”
Miller said he loves being able to help veterans get an education and find their way after service.
“Veterans Day is like the Super Bowl to me,” he said. “It’s when archives open up their arsenal of memorabilia, the country comes together and honors our defendants of freedom. Flags fly, parades march, and words take place in every corner of this great nation.”
Today is a day of remembrance, reflection, and pride, Miller said.
“Veterans Day is also a meaningful day for our country,” he said. “It gives citizens of our nation cause to recognize the bravery, the patriotism, and the sacrifice of men and women in uniform.”
He said every day is Veterans Day to him.
“We as individuals need to keep (veterans) in our hearts and minds always, not just today but the other 364 days,” said Miller, encouraging all in attendance to hold their loved ones close, appreciate their bravery, and take pride in their courage.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Imari Maldonado of Lorain High School JROTC holds the flag out during the posting of colors.