Western Reserve Hospital's annual Veterans Day celebration is expanding this year as the city of Cuyahoga Falls partners with the hospital to offer a larger event than previous years. The Veterans Day Lunch and Celebration will take place at the Natatorium on Nov. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Frank LaRose, Senator, Ohio Senate District 27, delivering the keynote presentation.

Along with Sen. LaRose, the free event will also feature the Cuyahoga Falls Police Honor Guard, Mayor Don Walters, Hospital Chaplain Jill Smith and Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m., with the presentation beginning at noon.

"Cuyahoga Falls is home to many, many veterans of the armed forces, and we cannot overstate how grateful we are to those who have bravely served and made sacrifices to keep our country safe," said Mayor Walters. "They deserve all the recognition we can give them."

Every year since its inception in 2009, Western Reserve Hospital has hosted a Veterans Day celebration honoring employees and community members who have served. This year, the event was moved to the Natatorium.

"By hosting a Veterans Day celebration each year, we're reminded of those who have served and sacrificed, and we have an opportunity to shake a veteran's hand and say, 'thank you,'" said Dr. Kent. That's a powerful reminder."

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.

Guests can RSVP to attend the Veterans Day Lunch and Celebration before Nov. 8 to Kathy Romito, Community Relations Manager, at kromito@westernreservehospital.org or 330-971-7408.