Summa Western Reserve Hospital to commemorate Veterans Day with sunrise flag raising, afternoon event

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Cuyahoga Falls  — Summa Western Reserve Hospital will honor members of the community and hospital staff who have served in the armed forces during a Veterans Day commemoration event on Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. and noon. The events are open to the public.

The commemoration will begin at sunrise with a 7 a.m. flag raising on the hospital grounds and continue at noon in the Summa Western Reserve Hospital Auditorium. The noon program will begin with a call to order, presentation of the colors and posting of the colors by Cuyahoga Falls American Legion Post 281, followed by the singing of the national anthem by Pain Management Nurse Rhonda Brode.

During the event, the hospital’s President and CEO, Dr. Robert Kent, will recognize veteran employees, physicians, community members and patients. The keynote will be delivered by Major Brian A. Reali, Law Director for the City of Stow and graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate’s Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. As a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, Reali has been deployed to Kosovo, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Originally known as “Armistice Day,” the U.S. has officially recognized Nov. 11 as a holiday honoring those who have served in the armed forces service since 1938.

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