License plates to honor militaryPublished 9:58am Thursday, October 4, 2012
Last month, our nation remembered the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the thousands of lives that were lost. On that very day of this year, we learned of fatal attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
Every week, we hear new names of people who were killed overseas, especially a mounting toll of service members killed in action in Afghanistan.
All of these things remind us that the United States pays a high price for freedom and security, but it also reminds us of the individuals who are willing to put their lives in harm’s way in order to preserve our great nation, and our way of life.
Anyone who has served in our armed forces or has had a friend or family member go off to war understands the sacrifice that wearing the uniform requires.
Our nation faces many threats from abroad, and it is thanks to our military that we as Americans are able to live in freedom, safe from our enemies who have proven time and time again that they are bent on doing us harm.
Just as the events of September 11th demand that we “never forget,” we should also never forget those who have lost their lives in battle.
To commemorate their brave actions, I was proud to join fellow state representative and Marine Colonel Danny Bubp in sponsoring legislation that allows the family members of deceased military personnel to qualify for a “Military Service” license plate.
If passed, the plates would be available to the immediate family of someone who died outside a combat zone while serving in any branch of the United State armed forces, either active or reserve.
We often see things commemorated on Ohio license plates. These plates simply give families the ability to pay tribute to their lost loved ones and remind others of the many men and women who have laid down their lives for this country.
May God continue to bless the United States of America and all of our brave warriors who keep us safe and free.
Rep. Terry Johnson may be reached by calling (614) 466-2124, e-mailing District89@ohr.state.oh.us, or writing to State Rep. Terry Johnson, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.