Peter Carlo, an enthusiastically active 80-something veteran of the Korean War and Purple Heart recipient, has donated 150 new American flags to community organizations, schools and businesses all across Jamestown and throughout the Southern Tier. He is often accompanied by his friend and fellow veteran, Tony Costanzo, a 94-year-old Second World War veteran and Bronze Star holder. Tony was among first American GIs to land in London. He has also been conducting funeral honor guards for fellow vets since 1945.
On Friday afternoon, April 11, 2014, Peter and Tony presented their 151st flag to the Jamestown Gazette on the Gazette’s third anniversary while sending their 156th weekly paper to press.
“We want to show our appreciation to people who are doing something important to develop Jamestown and to keep our community strong,” Peter said. “I appreciate the community where I raised my family and made my living. This is just about giving something back.”
“The Jamestown Gazette is honored to receive this flag,” Stacey Hannon, owner and publisher of The Jamestown Gazette and Chautauqua Solutions, said. “We’ll fly this flag proudly and remember the veterans who have done so much to earn us the right to do it.”