Sandusky County Republicans Honor Community Service Commissioner

Frankart presented a poster for service in Sandusky, Seneca counties

FREMONT ― Seneca County Commissioner Bill Frankart joined leaders from across the state at an Independence Day rally in Birchard Park on July 4.

The event, organized by Sandusky County Republican Party Chairman Justin Smith, featured speeches by Frankart, State Treasurer Robert Sprague, State Sen. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), State Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery), Sandusky County Commissioner Scott Miller and Republican State Central Committeewoman Susan Platt .

The event was co-hosted with Smith by Barbara Bristley of American Page. Andrew Dean provided music.

The Treasurer addresses the crowd in the park

Sprague began his speech by praising the work Reineke has accomplished for citizens and businesses across Ohio.

“Nobody does more for the workforce in the state than Senator Bill Reineke,” Sprague said.

Sprague described America as a country unlike any other in the world.

“It’s not only unique because of its people, but it’s unique because of what we believe,” Sprague said.

Among these beliefs is the indisputable right to freedom.

“Freedom is not passed on in our bloodlines. It is not guaranteed to our children and grandchildren,” Sprague said. “What is guaranteed is our right to defend it.”

Reineke, click is also speaking at the Fremont event

On a day when America celebrates its freedoms, Reineke spoke about the impact decisions have on protecting those freedoms. He spoke of the strategic decisions of Dwight D. Eisenhower, then an Army general, that contributed to the Allied success in Normandy on D-Day, and he praised the decisions of young men who bravely joined the fight during World War II.

Reineke also honored those veterans throughout history who made the decision to join the Armed Forces and thereby played a significant role in protecting American freedoms.

“We want to make sure we thank them, and we want to thank their families,” Reineke said. “Let’s continue to make good decisions for America going forward.”

Click quoted a passage from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That for to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Click called these 55 words “the heartbeat of America” ​​that highlight the country’s basic foundations, among them truth and the right to pursue happiness.

“There are absolute truths in the world today,” Click said.

He went on to explain a common misconception about the rights outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

“It doesn’t guarantee the right to be happy, but the right to pursue happiness,” Click said. “The purpose of government is to secure your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Click said the writers of the Declaration of Independence understood that in seeking independence from British colonial rule, they were acknowledging their dependence on God.

“It’s not just a declaration of independence but a declaration of dependence,” Click said.

Frankart echoed that truth in his own speech.

“On Independence Day, we recognize our dependence on God and the impact we can have on our communities as we follow Him. We live in a great country that still allows us to do that,” Frankart said.

Bristley presented a framed poster depicting Ohio’s state motto to Frankart “in gratitude for his generosity.” Frankart and his wife Janet — who was in the audience with their daughter Kayla and their granddaughter Joy — have supported the communities of Seneca County and Sandusky County. They have often opened their Green Springs farm for events, have made financial and in-kind donations and have volunteered to make life better in Northwest Ohio, according to a news release about the event.

Frankart was surprised and grateful for the gift.

“As I look around at the crowd and the great leadership we have in this area – Treasurer Robert Sprague, Senator Reineke and Representative Click – I am grateful for the strong foundation that will help build a safe and happy future for our children and grandchildren Frankart said.

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