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Growing up in the Butcher Shop  Memorial Day  / Giornata Della Memoria

Ciao Amici,

      I recall as a student we would start our day with the Pledge of Allegiance and after the thirteen years of Catholic school, the pledge becomes tattooed in your heart and soul and never goes away, unfortunately these days some of our youth cannot lift their head from their phones to even notice a flag and what it stands for. Or Professional athletics taking a knee instead of standing for the national anthem Growing up with Italian Grandparents one thing you learn very quickly is respect, respect of family, God and Country.

     Memorial Day serves to preserve remembrance, a  holiday in the United States which commemorates the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

     Memorial Day was a very special day while growing up in the Butcher Shop. I remember as a kid walking out of the butcher shop and watching my grandfather salute as the parade went down Garibaldi Avenue. My Grandfather Philip came to The United States when he was 14 years old. He loved America and later was drafted into the army at the young age of 20. He was in The 32nd Infantry Division, Battery Field Artillery. Just as they were boarding the boat in New York City on November 11, 1918 to depart for Europe, they received the news that the war had ended; an Armistice had been signed. With all the use of rifles, artillery, machine guns, aircraft ships, tanks, armored cars, grenades and mortars during WW1, my Grandfather was fortunate he did not go to battle. However his brother Michael, who was in the Calvary in Europe, was injured and also his brother-in-law Donato Diorio.  Grandpop went back to Italy after the war and married my Grandmother Teodora. He then ended up having to join The Italian Army as well and for some time until they realized he already had served in the United States Army.

     In Roseto, three hundred men and women served in the armed services during the world conflicts. And of these ten made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their life so we could have our freedom. The American Legion in Roseto, Martocci –Capobianco Post 750 was organized in 1945. It Honors John Martocci who died in World War I and the Capobianco brothers, Carl & George who died in World War II. Imagine the mourning parents losing two sons. Here is the list of soldiers from Roseto who died during the World Wars I & II. Most of these last names you will recognize if you are from Roseto. 

 

WORLD WAR I

 Dante Lucchetti
John Martocci

WORLD WAR II

S/Sgt. Carl Capobianco     Pvt. George Capobianco     Pvt. Domenico Falcone

Cpl Mathew Menecola     Sgt. John Racciato-   T/5Albert Trigiani

Sgt. Philip L. Sabatine -   Pvt. Frank Tilli

 

We cannot take things for granted and with pride we say thank you to all our Military Personnel for your services for our country. God Bless America.

 

Grazie,

Joe and family


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