Veterans Day

WVXU file

Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect upon and give thanks for the service of military men and women. For many returning members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the battles they wage continue even when they return home. From dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder to having access to appropriate health care and to issues with substance abuse, U.S. veterans' wars can be deeply personal long after an international conflict has officially ended.

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Despite the threat of inclement weather approaching, Monday dawned sunny and warm as people gathered in Eden Park on Veterans Day to honor those who served.

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Miami University has a handful of memorials on campus, but until now none honored those who've served in the military. A tribute to alumni veterans and those who died while serving is being unveiled on Veterans Day at 2 p.m.

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The University of Cincinnati is marking Veterans Day a few days early. An on campus ceremony is held each year honoring the school's student veterans.

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A crowd of almost entirely all Veterans gathered in Eden Park Tuesday morning for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial.

The guest speaker was retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Lou Sand.

"To be asked to participate in this ceremony," says Sand, "which is a long standing tradition here in the park meant a lot to me because I'm currently an employee of the park."

Sand served in Haiti, Bosnia, and twice in Afghanistan before retiring in 2012 after 30 years. He also earned a Bronze Star.

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It's being billed as the first celebration aimed at bringing Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky together to commemorate local veterans. The inaugural "Freedom Is Not Free Veterans Day Celebration" is this weekend.

As a Judge Advocate General, organizer Joe Hinds served in all four branches of the military before retiring as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. He's hoping several thousand people will show up.