How many tomorrows would have been lost, if no one had stepped forward to do something about it yesterday?

Jim and Sue Patron, Patron Funeral Homes & Crematory Kelly Kemp Braido are proud, to once again, honor and thank military, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs for their selfless dedication to country and communities.

Why do they do it? They feel it is a privilege to honor these men and women for the sacrifices they make, without hesitation, every day to protect, serve, and save country and communities and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Having a history of family members who served and are serving in the military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue, the Patrons feel truly blessed to live in a country with the freedoms they have been given.

They understand the commitment of law enforcement and firefighters and know the importance of family and community support in standing behind these who daily, put themselves in harm's way.

For these reasons, they choose to show these men and women that they are never forgotten; never taken for granted; and they are the reasons we can live our lives the way we do. These men and women march to the beat of a different drum. One that most of us will never understand. It is a calling beyond most everyone's comprehension.

It is a job that they will die for. They work birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, disasters.

Today may be the day one of them makes the ultimate sacrifice to save your life!

They make a difference. Now it's our turn to give them the appreciation they so deserve. Patriot Day -- Salute to Service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11 a.m. at Union Local Middle School Auditorium.

Military, wounded warriors, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs (active duty, retired, veterans, and fallen heroes) will be honored.

The invitation also extends to families, friends, communities, and especially family members of those who are no longer with us.

It is our sincerest hope, that as many as possible from Belmont County and surrounding counties throughout Ohio, will be in attendance to show our support and appreciation, as we salute these men and women.

In recognition of those we are saluting, we ask that a picture, service emblem or even a short account of service, with their name, military/first responder branch, service dates, or any other memorabilia to be shared, be brought or sent to our Bethesda, Ohio location by August 1, 2017. These will be displayed in the lobby area of Union Local Middle School Auditorium for all to view, share stories, and fellowship.

Taking a few hours out of your Saturday morning is nothing, compared to the hours, days, months, years, given by these men and women.

They sacrifice everything, so we don't have to!