The east side of the Ohio Statehouse features the Ohio veterans plaza. It consists of two curved stone walls that face each other from opposite ends of the plaza, two fountains, and two grassy rectangles with room for flowers and plenty of Ohio flags that can be put in place for a holiday weekend.
The stone walls are adorned with snippets from letters written by Ohioans who were serving in the different wars in which America has fought. It’s a simple yet elegant reminder of one unifying reality for all of the soldiers and sailors, regardless of when or where they fought: they left home in service of their country, and as they put themselves in harm’s way they wanted to let the family back home that they were okay, that they accepted the cost of their service, and that they hoped to make it back home when their service was done.
This weekend they’ve also put up a simple wreath at the northern end of the plaza. It’s a good place to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served and to inwardly express our appreciation to them for making our current lives possible.
Profound thanks to all of our veterans, and happy Memorial Day to everyone!