At the end of the Civil War, Union veterans came together to establish “Decoration Day,” to honor the bravery and preserve the memory of fallen soldiers. Today, we mark this observance with Memorial Day to remember all Ohioans – from the War of 1812 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is our duty to honor them, on this day and every day, by keeping their stories and memories alive.

While we take this time to remember the heroism of our fallen servicemembers, we must also continue to support their families. The best way to repay the debt we owe to those who died in defense of our freedoms is to keep our promise to care for their loved ones. I am committed to fighting to ensure that spouses, children, and other family members receive the benefits and assistance their families have earned.

The Library of Congress continues to seek submissions for its Veterans History Project. This project will collect, preserve, and present the stories of American veterans for future generations. As we observe Memorial Day together, you may visit the project’s website here if you would like to learn more about the project.

As the first Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the welfare of Ohio’s military members and veterans is an important issue. If you are a veteran or family member in need of assistance, click here for more information about how Sen. Brown’s office can assist you.