By Kristin Rover
Veterans Day ceremonies were held throughout Clermont County Nov. 11 to recognize and honor the men and women who have served the country.
Ceremonies were held in Union Township, Miami Township, New Richmond, and other townships and villages throughout the day.
In Union Township, the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 649 held a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.
“I have felt that veterans day, in addition to recognition for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, is also a recognition for those veterans living today,” Mark Brandon, president of VVA Chapter 649, said during the ceremony.
Brandon introduced and recognized each of the veterans who attended the ceremony and also recognized the men and women who died serving their country.
“Today we thank all veterans whether they served during war or peace for their service,” Brandon said.
In New Richmond, a ceremony was held before the Veterans Day Parade in the village.
Members of the New Richmond Color Guard were present for the ceremony as well as residents who came down to participate.
“We are here to honor all of the veterans,” Ralph Shepherd, a veteran and event organizer in New Richmond, said.
Shepherd also talked about the history of Veterans Day during the ceremony.
“In 1954 Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day,” Shepherd said. “A shoe maker gave him the idea.”
Ohio Representative Doug Green spoke during the ceremony and said he is honored to be able to thank the veterans who were there for their service.
“Today reminds us citizens to thank you all for your service for the freedom we experience,” Green said.
Lilly Findlan, 10, and Madelyn Findlan, 7, attended the ceremony with their grandparents Michael and Donise.
Lilly and Madelyn said they learned a lot about Veterans Day in school and throughout the day.
“We learned there are at least 21.2 million who served for us,” Lilly said. “I think of them fighting, and I feel like one of them was fighting for me.”
Michael and Donise Findlan said they wanted to bring their grandchildren to the ceremony.
“It’s important to try to get the kids involved,” Donise Findlan said.