Americans at home are celebrating Easter and Passover. Here in Ohio, we are living our everyday lives surrounded by sunshine, daffodils, and song birds in springtime. Our joy turned to sorrow at the news of losing three Ohio National Guard members in Afghanistan this past week. Four other were wounded.
In an article by Mike Waterhouse, the Ohio National Guard said “three Ohio soldiers, Shawn Hannon, Capt.Nicholas Rozanski and Jeff Rieck, were killed after an attack in Afghanistan.The brigade’s assignment was to partner with Afghan national police to train and advise them on security.”
The Associated Press reported what Alex Rozanski said of his brother, Capt. Nicholas Rozanski of Dublin, ” He loved being in the National Guard. He loved being a soldier. He loved being a leader of soldiers.” Alex also said, “We are a nation at war, and men are dying on a regular basis over there. And people need to remember that.”
Gov. John Kasich posted this message: “Saddened to learn of the attack on OH Nat’l Guardsmen in Afghanistan. Ohio has lost 3 brave souls. Prayers go out to the families.” We join the Governor in holding the families and friends of the wounded and deceased soldiers in prayer.