When 99-year-old Air Force veteran Col. Vincent Scarano looks at the American flag, he remembers those who served and a country that’s grateful for their sacrifice. And thanks to the Riverside, California, fire department, he doesn’t need to look far. Firefighters installed a flag pole outside retired Col. Scarano’s home in a touching gesture that represented the meaning of Veterans Day. The Riverside resident gave 31 years of his life to military, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He has lived in the Riverside home since 1973.
… The kind gesture stemmed from a visit to a firefighter’s neighborhood by Col. Scarano’s daughter. She noticed the the flag pole in his yard and asked him about it. After hearing about her father’s military history, the firefighter was happy to do something for someone who had given so much. The firefighters installed the flag pole during their lunch hours.