MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee held its 509th “Changing of the Colors” flag ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the flag pole at Second and Oak streets in honor and memory of a veteran of the First World War.

Carlo P. Sassani, Sr., was born May 4, 1892, in Riccia, Italy, a son of Joseph and Maria Antionette (Dibono) Sassani. Emigrating from Italy, he arrived in Mount Carmel in 1903.

During the First World War, he would serve in France with the U.S. Army.

Sassani married the former Josephine Ciocco on December 9, 1920, at Saint Peter’s Church, Mount Carmel.

He was employed as a show repairman in both Mount Carmel and Atlas and was a member of Saint Peter’s Church and American Legion Post 91, both of Mount Carmel.

At the age of 18 years, Sassani became gravely ill. Praying to Saint Joseph, he promised that he would honor the saint on his feast day, March 19, if he would recover. After his recovery, he kept his vow and honored Saint Joseph every year until his death. Making home made Italian foods, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers were invited to share in a mean during the day as a testimony to his promise.

Sassani died November 18, 1979, and is buried in Saint Peters Cemetary, Mount Carmel Township. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister. During the Second World War, son Arthur was killed in action on March 26, 1945, on Luzon in the Philippines while serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

The flag that was flown during the past month was in honor and memory of those who served during World War I. The flag was lowered by William Begis as “Taps” was sounded by Ann Ray Begis. It was folded by Anthony Candelora and William Begis as “Over There” was played, and was presented to Lawrence Latsko.

The Sassani flag was escorted to the ceremony by Latsko and was presented to Sassani’s granddaughter Kathy Blase who gave it to Candelora to be raised. William Begis raised the flag as the national anthem was played.

David Berezovske read the military records and traffic control was provided by John Minnig. Also in attendance was Andrew Bubnis.

The next ceremony will be held Sunday, January 13 at 1 p.m. at the flag pole at BB&T, Second and Oaks streets. The flag will be raised in honor and memory of Dr. Thomas William Revak, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend.

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