Aberdeen passes resolution hoping to halt closing of DP&L coal fired power stations Aberdeen Council to go after delinquent income taxes Ripley’s Tree City, USA committee receives $3,000 grant, prepares for Arbor Day A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels New 1st Stop has grand opening in Ripley Library to focus on historic floods Students perform at Farm & Family Night In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Aberdeen welcomes new fiscal officer Fatal car crash in Adams County Ripley missons group to have fundraiser OVM recognizes retiring asst. admin. Royce K Zimmerman Lady Warriors advance to Elite 8 SBAAC awards boys basketball all-stars SBAAC girls basketball all-stars take home awards SHAC Winter Sports Awards Banquet set for March 12 Altman claims 170-pound district title Sirkka L Buller Arthur C Schneider Lowell G Neal Virginia M Schirmer Connie S Darling Harold L Purdin Lucille Schumacher Terry E Frye Lady Warriors roll to district finals Broncos take care of business to claim sectional crown G-Men upset MVCA to earn berth sectional finals WBHS JROTC Rifle Team competes at Camp Perry Lady Rockets finish 12-12 Season reaches end for Rockets Eugene D Ring New water lines open soon in Ripley RULH celebrates Black History Month Goat receives smooch from teacher Ripley Library to remember floods Robert G Miller Linda M Howland Robert E McKinney Mildred J Hodges Farrel L Amiott Patricia Brown Rick L Dye Mary E Nagel Betty Ratliff Broncos claim SBAAC wrestling title Broncos pull ahead for win over G-Men in SBAAC Tourney Ripley boys wrap up regular season with win at Lynchburg Eastern girls are sectional champs RULH Board meets, planning session set New LIDAR technology in Ripley begins St. Michael School announces Science Fair June Howser Marguerite A Fender Timothy D Harris Jay R Purdy Robin S Godwin Marc A Wachter Chester W Eyre Warriors blast past the G-Men, 61-40 Rockets performing well heading into post-season tournament play Lady Warriors bring home the Gold with perfect 13-0 finish in SHAC Western Brown Junior High wrestling team wraps up successful season Rockets fall victim to ‘Pack’ attack Broncos suffer heartbreaking loss to Mentor Lake Catholic in state quarterfinals Ripley PD busts key figure in BC drug ring “Prom Dress Resale Shop” at RULH High Small wooden replicas of Ripley Church and organ now available Billie L Shoemaker Erma J Teeters Ralph L Tracy Darrell Inskeep Jeffrey C Clark Carole Metzger Tommy R Ring Brent A Arn Daniel L Sellers Lady Warriors finish regular season as SHAC Division I champions Regular season comes to a close for Lady Rockets

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

Contributing Columnist

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