Donora to honor its veterans
Gene Svrcek remembers his father telling him about his days serving aboard the USS Aconcagua during World War II.
Soon, Rudolph Svrcek and other Donora veterans will be remembered with 2-foot by 3-foot military banners that will adorn poles along the borough's streets.
Such veteran tributes are already visible in Castle Shannon, Bridgeville, Bethel Park, South Park and Finleyville, including a 17-mile stretch of Route 88 where Svrcek first saw the tributes.
“Seeing it for the first time, it blows your mind, especially when you think about what these veterans did for us,” Gene Svrcek said.
Svrcek approached Terry Gnora, commander of American Legion Post 212 in Donora, and Mayor John Lignelli about bringing the tributes to Donora.
Gnora did two tours of Vietnam, in 1968-69 and 1970-71. His father served with the Army combat engineers, landing at Normandy in World War II.
“When Gene came to me with his proposal, I thought it as a great idea,” Gnora said. “I think it's going to take off.”
Svrcek said he expects demand to be strong in Donora.
“In every other community, they don't have enough poles,” Svrcek said.
Lignelli was 22 in 1944 and working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at U.S. Steel in Donora. One night he encouraged a friend to go with him to Pittsburgh and enlist in the Navy. He served at Great Lakes Naval Base in Maryland for nearly four years before being discharged in late 1947.
The cost for each banner is $90, which includes the two-faced banner and the brackets to display it. Those purchasing banners will have an opportunity to pick the location for it to be displaye on a first-come basis, Svrcek said.
Checks should be made out to the Donora American Legion Post 212. Application forms for the banners can be obtained at the borough building, 601 Meldon Ave., the legion post, 513 Meldon Ave., or the Colgan Insurance Agency, 537 McKean Ave., Donora.
A photo of the veteran to be used should be brought to the Colgan Agency, were Svrcek will scan it and return the photo.
More information on the banners can be obtained at www.troopbanners.com/Donora.
There is a three-week process to make the banners and have them erected, Svrcek said.
“This is not an individual project,” he said. “This is a community project with the goal of honoring our veterans, past and present, and to show how proud we are to be from Donora.”
Svrcek said the banners will be displayed in the borough streets from Memorial Day until Labor Day each year.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rostraver woman victim of home invasion
- Allegheny official sees bright future
- Charleroi mayor updates progress on master plan
- Comprehensive plan in works
- Mon Valley towns hosting annual Halloween parades
- Several hurt in back-to-back crashes in Rostraver
- Trick-or-treat times set for Mon Valley
- Learn how to build a financial pyramid
- Fallowfield native dies in Nebraska crash
- Harmoneers’ audiences enjoyed songs sung in native tongues
- Dugan, Pascarella selected for IUP’s Hall of Fame