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Greensburg senior care center salutes veterans

| Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 11:39 p.m.
Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
Joseph Folino, 93, of Greensburg and a World War II Veteran who served with the 691 st Tank Destroyer Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, reacts after being acknowledged as the oldest veteran in the room at Senior Life Greensburg during a veteran recognition luncheon held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Folino heard about the luncheon and visited the facility without knowing he would be recognized and was quite surprised.

As Independence Day draws near, a local senior care center honored its veterans.

Senior Life Greensburg held a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to honor the many veterans participating in the alternative care facility. The center, which serves as an adult day program, has about 20 veterans, according to Outreach Coordinator Katie Fritsch. The event began at 11 a.m. with the presentation of the colors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33.

One member of Post 33, Joseph Folino, 93, was honored for being the oldest veteran in attendance. Folino lives in Lincoln Heights with his wife of 66 years. He said he felt honored to be acknowledged.

“It means a lot because they still recognize the veterans,” Folino said. “This way you know they still care about you.”

Folino served as a staff sergeant in the Army from 1942-46, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Normandy, storming Utah Beach. He was presented with a plaque. Although Folino appreciated the recognition, he was quick to mention the fallen soldiers who weren't as lucky as he was.

“I just thank God I'm here,” he said. “I lost a lot of good buddies over there. I made it out; they didn't.”

In addition to his service with the armed forces, Folino was employed as a mechanist, employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad for 43 years.

Each veteran at the center was named during the ceremony, acknowledging how many years of service each had and which branch he or she served in. Every veteran received a special pin and flower.

Westmoreland County Commissioner Chuck Anderson spoke at the event, praising the veterans for their service.

“This is a great celebration,” he said. “The great freedoms and opportunities that we all have are a direct result of the sacrifices made by the people in this room.”

Anderson spent 30 years in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam from 1967-68.

After the ceremony, a luncheon was held with American-style games available for attendees.

This is the first event of its kind that Senior Life Greensburg has held.

Matt Faye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6220 or

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