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Two WWII Veterans Receive Military Rites In Danville 70 Years After Their Death


Danville, VA - After seven decades, two World War II veterans finally got the honors they deserve in Danville.

Brothers Romeo and Jesse Farese of Massachusetts were laid to rest in Danville in 1944.

Tuesday, the Virginia National Guard honored them in the presence of their family.

Diane D'Angeli is the niece of Romeo Farese, who was killed in France while leading a training exercise, and Jesse Farese - who died on the beach at Normandy.

"They were killed within months of each other, " D'Angeli said. 

Diane says her grandmother fought to get their bodies sent back to the United States, but upon arrival they received no military rites.

"There was no service they came with many others and were laid to rest here, " said D'Angeli, but that all changed after she placed a call to the local Military Funeral Honor division.

"For us to get a phone call and be a part of something like this is extremely special and it means something to all of us, " said Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Jason Cain.

Family members, including three of the soldiers' younger siblings, came from across the east coast to pay their respects.

They say it is a day they will never forget.

"When the sergeant handed me the flag and told me it was on behalf of the United States Army and the President of the United States, I thought it was one of the most tremendous thrills I've had in my 72 years. " said Tommy Farese.

"It's a true representation to remind the younger children and the younger generation of the saga of courage for us to continue our freedom, " said Vincent Farese.

Volunteers from American Legion Post 29 also participated in the ceremony. All involved say it was honor to participate.


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