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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 19, 2010 Missing Men, Women and Fallen Comrades Table Marine Corp ceremony "Old Glory", presentation of the flag to honor the service of the men and women of the Marine Corps., tells the story of the flag when it was first intro- duced and why it means so much to serve our country in this case it was because they gave their life. The table was set up to honor the missing men and women and fallen soldiers who fought for our country. Table set for one and the chair leaning against the table indicates the person is not with us today. White cloth symbolizes purity, in response to their coun- try calling them into service. Slice of lemon symbolizes their bitter fate as they gave their life for the service of our country. Small pile of salt symbolizes the tears of their family members knowing that their loved one will not return. Holy Bible symbolizes the strength that we gain through our faith and to sustain their loved ones left behind. Wine glass inverted symbolizes that they are not here to toast with us. Red Rose symbolizes the blood they shed in sacrifice for our country. Red ribbon around vase symbolizes the rib- bons people wore on their lapels representing that their loved ones are not here today. The Italian American Police Officers Association 42nd Annual Banquet (continued from page one) The Italian American Police Officers Association held their 42 Annual Banquet at the Hilton Boston/Woburn Hotel. The evening recognized members of the military and law enforce- ment that have contributed to the cause of freedom for America. President M. Michael Giacoppo welcomed guests and offered his remarks. "Our officers and war fighters come from all walks of life and from every part of our country. Through- out the generations, soldiers and representatives of law en- forcement have defended our safety in the darkness of night and in lands far from home. They have travelled to the dan- gerous comers of the world or have patrolled the toughest parts of American cities." At the banquet each year, the celebration is in honor and a testament to these unsung heroes who protect us during war and in peace both at home and abroad. "We must always re- main vigilant and cherish our safety and freedom; it has al- ways come at a high price. Let us find strength from those who serve for our liberties whether on foreign soil or here in our city streets," continued M. Michael Giacoppo. They also presented the Association's prestigious Medal of Honor Posthumously to families of our fallen heroes. The newest inductee for the prestigious Saint Michael the Archangel Award was given to a very deserving public ser- vant, Middlesex Sheriff James V. DiPaola. Other awards in- cluded the Medal of Valor, the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award and also a salute to the retired Police Officers who have spent their careers serving with pride, dignity and honor. "Let us honor our colleagues who have sacrificed their lives for America. Also, let us pray for the men and women of our military and of law enforcement who risk their lives for the cause of peace and freedom." First Sergeant Gregory Mitchell, United States Marine Corps present awards to the family of Captain Jennifer J. Harris posthumously. Doctor Carlo Cipollone, Office of Console Generale d'Italia, Boston received THE GUGLIELMO MARCONI HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AWARD presented by Michele Frattallone, President, Comitato Tricolone d'Italiani Nel Mondo and Senator Richard R. Tisei, Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Massachusettspresented Dr. Cipollone with a citation. Dr. Cipollone is shown with his wife Nina and daughter Noemi. Gerard T. Leone, Jr., District Attorney, Middlesex County presented Sheriff James V. DiPaola with the Order of Saint Michael the Archangel Award. (l-r) Nicholas Saggese, Sheriff DiPaolo's daughter, Michael Giacoppo, Adeline DiPaola, Sheriff DiPaola and former Order of Saint Michael the Archangel Award awardees District Attorney Leone and Pamela Donnaruma. . . , , . - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Nicholas Petronzio and First Sergeant Gregory Mitchell, United States Marine Corps present awards to the parents of Captain Benjamin W. Sammis posthumously.