Today we honor and remember those who fought and died to defend and protect us, so that we can all live in freedom. We are indebted to the men and women who demonstrated the greatest love for us and our country.

Last Tuesday, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to honor our heroes of freedom.

The following text is taken from the resolution, which expresses gratitude to all who have fallen and all who have served.

America is an exceptional nation made up of a beautiful people, who share a history of triumph over adversity; our freedom won through the sacrifice and blood of patriots, and our nation built on the strength of America’s founding documents.

The Constitution of the United States and our brave men and women have boldly protected the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nearly 250 years.

As Ronald Reagan expressed, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, we honor the fallen, thank our veterans, and the men and women currently serving in the armed forces for their sacrifice and service to our great nation from the time of America’s birth and into the future, and we are indebted to America’s heroes of freedom.