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Sharpsburg VFW welcomed vets for free dinner, paid tribute to those who didn’t return

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06 a.m

Sharpsburg Veterans of Foreign War hosted more than 50 veterans Nov. 11 for a free homecooked dinner to show appreciation and “pay humble tribute to the ones who did not return,” Commander Len Colaizzi said.

Post 709 at 1017 Main St. opened its doors to service members and their guests for a catered dinner. State Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, was the guest speaker and discussed legislative efforts for veterans. Post trustee Pat Corcoran made sure to call everyone’s attention to a small table set for one, with a white tablecloth, single rose and a red ribbon.

“This table occupies a place of dignity and honor,” he said. “It symbolizes the fact that members are missing from our ranks, so we join together to pay humble tribute to them.”

The details of the table setting were purposeful and included an inverted glass because “they can’t toast with us,” Colaizzi said.

“The single rose is for the blood they may have shed,” he added. “The slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.”

A candle was lit on the table to symbolize a light of hope and the POW/MIA and American flags were hung to remind everyone of the sacrifice paid by some for freedom.

“We want veterans to know our doors are open and this is a place they can come if they need us,” Colaizzi said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Emily at 412-871-2369, or via Twitter .

Pat Corcoran, trustee of VFW Post 709, stands by the table for one that is meant to represent the POW/MIA's that never came home.
Andrew and Delores Fischer of Oakmont attended the free dinner for veterans at the Sharpsburg VFW Post 709 on Nov. 11.
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WWII veteran Emilio Saldari, 93, and his wife, Ida, 89, react after receiving gifts from JC Penney at the Pittsburgh Mills mall for Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Saldari has been shopping at Penney's for 60 years.
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World War II veteran Emilio Saldari, 93, of Harwick, Springdale Township poses for a picture at JC Penney in the Pittsburgh Mills mall, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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Ida Saldari, 89, relays information to her husband, Emilio, 93, a World War II veteran, as JC Penney’s Assistant Manager Mary Jo Ciacco presents him a gift for Veterans Day. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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World War II veteran Emilio Saldari, 93, of Harwick, Springdale Township on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
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World War II veteran Emilio Saldari, 93, of Harwick, Springdale Township shows the Legion of Honor medal he received several years ago from the French government. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
James and Patricia Butler at their home with dog, Bele.
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