Good citizens show themselves in their simple everyday actions and one young man was recognized last week by the American Legion for retrieving an American flag from the trash and turning it over to the C. Eugene Allen Post 141, where it was properly retired.

Kevin Aravich is 16 years old, and lives in Leonardo with his parents Lauren and Kenneth Aravich.  He is the 1 of 6 children, the 4th and youngest son.  Kevin was on his way to visiting the AH Historical Society Flea Market on September 18th when his friend noticed an American flag thrown in the trash near 1st Avenue.  Kevin felt this wasn’t right, and went back to retrieve it.  The American Legion had a table set up at the flea market, and Kevin introduced himself and turned in the flag to the American Legion who retired it properly the next day.

Ellen O'Dwyer with flag rescued from trash
Ellen O’Dwyer with flag rescued from trash

When the American Legion mentioned Kevin’s actions on social media, they received many comments of appreciation, patriotism, and acknowledgement of doing the right thing, according to Vice Commander Ellen O’Dwyer . 

Kevin is already involved in serving his community as a Fire Explorer, whose duty is to serve the community and learn many useful skills when it comes to fighting fires.  He hopes to become a professional fireman when he finishes school. He currently attends Middletown Township High School North.

Brian Sheehan and James O’Connor, the newest AH Post 141 American Legion member, are both uncles to Kevin, and live in Atlantic Highlands.


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Kevin Aravich receives coin from Vice Commander Ellen O'Dwyer and Commander Peter Doyle
Kevin Aravich receives coin from Vice Commander Ellen O’Dwyer and Commander Peter Doyle

After the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Atlantic Highlands at Veterans Memorial Park, hosted by the C. Eugene Allen Post 141, guests are invited to the luncheon that immediately follows the ceremony.

Kevin Aravich was recognized for his patriotic act by Vice Commander Ellen O’Dwyer and Commander Peter Doyle.

In giving Kevin the 2019 American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Silver Dollar, Vice Commander Ellen O’Dwyer stated, “Thank you for being a youth leader and volunteer for our community.”

American Legion Commemorative Coin
American Legion Commemorative Coin

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...