Happy Thanksgiving, readers of today's community page, which intentionally has a thankful element to it if you'll check out what's on here.
Charity Hospice, for example, is thankful for community support; pupils are learning about the holiday; Trinity School of Nursing students raised money for the TEAR fund at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center; and the Steubenville Education Association is one of many organizations during this holiday season that will reach out to lend a helping hand to others in need.
Now it's my turn to mention something that I'm thankful for - our veterans, including one who is a periodic visitor to the Herald-Star newsroom.
His name is Angelo Salomone of Steubenville, a 93-year-old World War II Army veteran. The two photos of him above show him as the young man he was, in his 20s, when he entered the Army, trained in Ireland for six months and was among those who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
"I can picture that just like it was yesterday," he mentioned to me recently.
The other photo was just taken Wednesday when he stopped by the office for a brief visit and to offer Happy Thanksgiving wishes.
Salomone, who was a welder at Timet for 35 years before his retirement, tells me he is the lone survivor of his unit, a field artillery battalion. He said he directed artillery fire on the front lines.
"I am the last of the outfit that landed in France on D-Day," he said, noting he feels that to be a certainty.
Salomone thanks "the man upstairs" for many things, including that he can remain pretty active for a guy in his 90s. Among his responsibilities are reminding me to run news items when it's time for the monthly meeting of Timet retirees that's held at CJ's Restaurant in Steubenville on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m.
Salomone hurt his back during the service but gets around pretty well and always comes to the office with a smile and a positive attitude.
He resides with his wife, Julia, and they have two children - son Robert and daughter Angela.
I enjoy his stories, including his memories of selling the Herald-Star for 3 cents back in the day when the newspaper's office was located next to the Fort Steuben Hotel.
So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for Mr. Salomone and all veterans.