State Representative Remembers the Meaning

by Danielle Cotterman on May 29, 2011 at 7:19 am

State Representative, Troy Balderson, joined others today to commemorate those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Community members joined at the Frazeysburg Cemetery this afternoon where Balderson shared the story of soldier, Christopher Snider, the first to die as part of the Boston Massacre. He then related to America’s youth, by honoring the most recent soldier to die in Afghanistan. Balderson said, these are stories about the people and the veterans, and that we must not forget them.

"And I’m probably one of the last of the Baby Boomers that understand and appreciates that statement," said Balderson. "And it’s my job to make sure the younger generation does not forget. Whether it’s the Tri-Valley High School band, that’s here today, or other young children that are in attendance. That’s why I try to pick out stories that they can relate to."

When Balderson was asked about ongoing state legislative issues, he politely declined. He said, Memorial Day is about honoring our soldiers.

"That part of me, is just, I don’t want to forget this day," said Balderson. "And, we are here because of the freedom we have. So, we must never forget that."

Balderson said, it is the duty of the people to be an example to America’s youth by showing them what today is really about.