Johnson speaks to veterans

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson, R-6th District, speaks briefly during a dinner in his honor Friday night at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4464 in downtown Gallipolis. Johnson had to cut his visit short after receiving word about the terrorist attack on Friday in Paris. Johnson addressed the attack, but focused more on veterans since it was the conclusion of a week filled with Veterans Day celebrations and ceremonies. “I am yet again speechless about another senseless act of terrorism. This time, on another one of our friends – the second one they’ve had in recent months – in Paris,” he said. “It just goes to show that no one is exempt from this barbarism, this senseless violence — the beheadings, the stonings and unimaginable horror that those with the ideological bent to inflict destruction on freedom-loving people. … I’ve spoken to many of our European friends and allies, and they have never forgotten that in each of the world wars … it has been America that has come to the aid of those abroad. So, I don’t know where this is going to go, but I can tell you that I have great confidence in our great men and women in uniform.”