Rep. Bacon: Honoring our fallen heroes

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:00 am

Honoring our fallen heroes

Over the years, 42 million American men and women have served our country in the time of war, according to the Memorial Day Foundation. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of those Americans have sacrificed their lives while protecting our freedoms. Many of our communities held services on Memorial Day in honor of those who paid the ultimate price. I hope that every Hoosier was able to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this holiday: to honor our service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country.

I am privileged to have had my father and both my brothers serve our country and come back home, but I know there are many families who have relatives who did not return. I want to send a special ‘thank you’ to all those that have served and the families that have lost loved ones so that our country can remain free.

For those Hoosier veterans who pass away and do not have any family members to make funeral arrangement for them, this year the General Assembly enacted a law tasking the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs to work with veteran service organizations to establish a set of standards for the unclaimed remains of the deceased.

Another law I supported this year doubles the amount of funding dedicated to the funeral expenses for Indiana National Guard members who gave their all fighting for our freedom. These are just a couple of ways we are showing our appreciation for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

From generation to generation, our veterans have responded to the call to serve our country. Since before the United States became a sovereign nation, blood has been shed to defend freedom and liberty.

As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9833 or by email at h75@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/75.  

 

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Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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