Veteran deserves HOF honor

Published 10:31 am Thursday, April 9, 2015

When one thinks of a hall of fame, typically the first thing that comes to mind relates to sports. It could be a respective school at the high school or collegiate level; or it could be the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame or the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Any hall of fame seeks to recognize those inducted for their accomplishments, and while it may be lesser known, the Ohio Military Hall of Fame holds much more importance.

This year, Pedro native and Ironton resident Sgt. Charles Carmen, who served in the 47th Infantry and fought in World War II, will be inducted later this month in Columbus as part of the 2015 class at the Statehouse.

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While many veterans would rather not receive any recognition at all, their service and sacrifice is something that should always be distinguished and remembered with great reverence.

We congratulate and thank Sgt. Carmen for his service to our county, state and country.

Creating a centralized countywide lasting memorial for military and public service is certainly something Lawrence County officials should consider and would serve as a fitting honor for those who served our county and country.