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Honoring the brave

Register • Jul 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Workers at the Ohio Veterans Home continue repairing the grave markers in the OVH cemetery, the final resting place for more than 4,200 U.S. military members who fought for their country. The project includes cleaning the markers, straightening and restoring each one. 

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant — $799,000 — is paying for the work. 

The effort is expensive, but worthy of every cent it cost. 

The Ohio Veterans Home is a remarkable place that provides nursing services to the men and women who defended our freedom, saved a nation and served us all. The employees there provide those services and we are continually impressed by their dedication and genuine desire to serve residents. 

We're also particularly proud of the role the Register had — way back when — in bringing the home to Sandusky. I.F. Mack, the owner, publisher and editor of the Register from 1869 to 1909, fought for a place where Civil War veterans could live out their days in dignity. A Civil War veteran himself, Mack overcame the red tape of the federal bureaucracy, lobbying hard and finally succeeding in bringing the "Soldiers Home" to Sandusky. 

Every American should never forget the cost of freedom. The white stone markers are a stark and daily reminder of that. Restoring the grave markers at the OVH cemetery, and in every military cemetery, is the right thing to do.

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