Aaron Fox was a 19-year old Marine on Iwo Jima when they raised the American flag there in 1945. This year as a member of the Chagrin Falls VFW he put on his uniform and raised the American flag before every Chagrin Falls High School home football game. His record of service now spans 76 years.

On Nov. 11, Mr. Fox will be in Triangle Park in Chagrin Falls giving a Veterans Day speech and then listening to two high school students as they read their award-winning essays about what the American flag means to them.

 Veterans Day will be celebrated in a joint ceremony by VFW Post 12067 and American Legion Post 383.  By tradition the service is held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month dating back to the end of World War I in 1919.

Mr. Fox, 95, will be giving the keynote speech titled “Let America Never Forget.” 

Mr. Fox will be addressing the crowd in front of the monument which contains the names of all Chagrin residents who served in World War I.  In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved into the Chagrin Falls Fire Department.

 Students reading their essays will be from Chagrin and Kenston high schools.

Each will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

Master of Ceremonies will be VFW Post Adjutant Robbie Bourne who recently returned home from his third deployment with the Ohio National Guard to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with the firing of a cannon and will end with two students from Chagrin Falls High School playing taps. The public is invited to attend.

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