Honoring the brave

Jul 10, 2013


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.



Spell check anyone??? It is STRAIGHTENING!

Matt Westerhold

Thanks Erieboater


@ Mr. Westerhold:

I’m not picking on the SR, I’d just like to get your opinion – if you please.

Over the last couple yrs, I've noticed spelling and grammatical errors in publications in which I SELDOM IF EVER saw them, such as the WSJ.

Is the causality, just sloppiness or too much reliance on automation?

Matt Westerhold

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Matt Westerhold

Thanks Contango. I doubt there are more, or less, of these on average than with any other publication at any other time, but you might be a better judge of that than I am. Certainly that's a complaint that's always been around about nearly every community newspaper, and we produce a great deal more content across multiple platforms today versus our one-product past. 

The Register's success at gathering news important to the community and its explosive growth in readership, for me, speaks for itself.

We do appreciate it when readers catch typos online, which are easy to fix, but it's not possible to fix these in the print edition once published. For some, this is a pet peeve. 

dorothy gale

Are you hiring proofreaders?


No, they're hiring "prufreaders." :)


@ Mr. Westerhold:

Thank you for your response, but you didn't 'really' answer the question:

Is the causality, just sloppiness or too much reliance on automation?

Based on your answer (multiple platforms), I would be led to believe that it is a combination of the two.


They are doing a great job. It's looking so much better now.


I remember the Memorial Day events there as a kid in the 60's. It seemed the whole town was there. An old guy in uniform would walk out and recite the Gettysburg Address from memory without a microphone and we could all hear him clearly. I hope the place looks as good as it did then after the restoration.


An analogy of new vs old.

A smiling movie star or a snaggletooth old country woodsman.


Over the last few years there have been several losers who have stolen and destroyed items at many of the surrounding cemetaries. Maybe it would be poetic justice if they were ordered to spend 100 hours of community service helping here!


It sounds good. But then when I (my own personal opinion) think about it, it actually might not be a good idea. I do not think the losers would actually appreciate the work or sentiment that would come with the work they are ordered to do. It would be half a $ $ at best and would not be the quality that is deserved by these men/women. These losers would only be there to do the hour that is required and there would be absolutely NO respect or honor in their work. I personally would not want them anywhere near my veteran, or any veteran for that matter.


nice concept.

Stop It

I have a question. Does anyone think that dead people care, even if they are above us in heaven or recreated or whichever religion you want to believe in? Would George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln feel that the money spent on their memorials be justified?

No offense intended. Just asking.



FDR didn't want a memorial and the U.S. built one anyway (i.e. Govt. "make work" program).



There is a difference between what The Washington Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial cost and the plain white headstone of a Veteran cost. To me the cost and the up keep of a headstone of a Veteran is important, yes. It is not that the "dead people" care. It is to REMIND people that are LIVING of the sacrifice made. Someday (I pray many many years from now) when my husband leaves this earth, I will gladly pay myself EVERY SINGLE PENNY I HAVE to be sure his headstone shows he honorably served his country. It is not for the dead. It is to remind the living....some things are NOT FREE.


I think people, no matter what religion they are, believe that THIS is all they can do to truly honor these people. We can’t thank them for their service, we can’t send letters, call, etc... so building these memorials is all we can do. But that’s only my opinion.


Waste of money! Take care of the living!