When our country is in peril, Americans –especially those from Ohio – are quick to rally to her aid. When we’ve been attacked, our men and women fight with uncommon valor. During times of crisis, our patriotic emotions are there for all to see. We wear red, white, and blue and put American flags on our cars.

Moments of National Pride

Of course, we show our patriotism during times of triumph, as well. Who can forget the famous photographs of people dancing in the streets of our cities when World War II was over? Or the unmatched feeling of pride in this country at the United States hockey team’s Olympic victory over the Soviet Union in 1980? Or the other awakening that occurred when our national team beat Mexico to advance to the semifinal round of the World Cup in 2002? We’re sure you can think of many other examples of moments of national pride.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On a hillside overlooking the Potomac River, in the center of a gleaming white amphitheater, stands the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The remains of this unidentified World War I American soldier were interred there in 1921. Since then, that hero has been joined by others “known but to God,” from other times and other battles. People gather at this site several times a day to be inspired by the ceremony of the changing of the guard. The memorial site and the ceremony are at the heart of Americans’ patriotism and reverence for veterans.

National Patriotic Holidays

Another way we express our patriotism is through setting aside certain days of the year to remind ourselves what our country means to us, to celebrate her victories, and to pay tribute to those who have been taken by tragedy. Each year, we celebrate Memorial Day, July 4th, Pearl Harbor Day, Patriots’ Day, and Veterans Day.

As July 4th is upon us, we begin to think about all the American veterans who have served our country. Without them, our country wouldn’t be what it is today. We wouldn’t be the “land of the free” if we weren’t also the “home of the brave.” Our freedom is precious. On America’s birthday, we remember and honor our veterans who have kept us safe every single day. While we can never repay them for their service, sacrifice, and courage, we can offer our thanks and honor the lives they led.

At Spring Grove, we want to say thank you to those brave men and women who have defended our freedom.

Honoring Our Veterans

All honorably discharged veterans deserve to be recognized, and when they are laid to rest, they deserve the highest honors. At Spring Grove, we offer several funeral and burial options to show respect to veterans. Our compassionate, experienced team works closely with families to create personalized tributes that celebrate the lives, accomplishments, and contributions of our American heroes. Families can choose to include custom headstones, military honors such as U.S. burial flags or the playing of Taps, memorial burials, and much more. Whether traditional burial or cremation is chosen, our staff can also help the family file the paperwork necessary to make sure their loved one receives all the benefits for which they qualify. Contact our funeral professionals to learn about the different ways we can help you honor your veteran loved one.