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Flag March organizer dies at age 89


Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event's founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event’s founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year's grand marshal.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year’s grand marshal.
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession

Anthony L. DiSalvo, the driving force behind the annual God, Country and Community Flag March – and the high-flying landmark at Penn College’s main entrance – died Monday, Feb. 4, at The Gatehouse. The 89-year-old DiSalvo was the longtime chair of the National Flag Foundation’s local chapter and worked with college administrator William J. Martin in 2000 to have the 60-by-30-foot “Old Glory” installed on campus as part of the Flags Across America initiative. DiSalvo tirelessly organized the red, white and blue procession every Flag Day (June 14) for more than three decades, and relished handing out his eponymous “Tony” awards to deserving participants in ceremonies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, followed by burial at Wildwood Cemetery. Befitting DiSalvo’s military and community service – he was a Korean War veteran with a near-lifelong connection to the Boy Scouts of America – the funeral procession will pass by the college’s flag. The family will receive friends at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St., from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A full obituary is posted to the funeral home’s website.

Comments

Andrew Kilpatrick,

Thank you for releasing this article about my Uncle Tony. There are countless “great guys” out there, but very few great men. Uncle Tony was a great man.

Marianne DePasqua,

Tony was a childhood friend of my father’s. My family admired him tremendously. He supported me throughout my career and was very special to me. Tony spent his life helping others and he will be dearly missed. Rest in peace, “Goombah Tony.”

Joe Miller,

Of the hundreds of events at the college with which I was privileged to take part over so many years, the Flag Day rallies, and their cheerleader Tony, will always stand out. His energy, passion and dedication were unparalleled. He will be missed.

Bill Carlucci,

I was deeply honored several years ago when Tony asked me to take over as Master of Ceremonies for the Flag March that he founded many years ago. I have spoken to senior Scouting leadership about a request to the City of Williamsport and Penn College to rename the Flag March in Tony’s honor. (P.S.: Tony’s photo was taken while I presented him with a special trophy as the Founder of the Flag March. It was an honor to recognize him since he had recognized patriotism in others his entire life. That’s my arm around him in the first picture and it was always my privilege to work beside him.)

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