Charlottesville Veteran Wins VA Salute to Senior Service Award
A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Charlottesville is being recognized for his volunteer work at the Senior Center. Al Falcone is Virginia’s winner of Home Instead's Salute to Senior Service award.
On Falcone's 92nd birthday, he thoroughly cleaned the Center's kitchen and installed storage shelves in the space.
“We had an old saying at home that you had to celebrate your birthday for being alive and to do that you have to give service, and thank the Lord for being alive,” he said.
Falcone also does repairs, helps the gardeners, and processes yard sale items that come in. He says he's made it a priority to give back his whole life.
“I enjoy volunteering because I feel like if I volunteer, it's helping me stay alive. That's my last stage of life so to speak, and I enjoy helping the center raise money for the new Center of Belvedere,” Falcone said.
Falcone also has a ritual of writing a card or letter to an active service member every time he comes into the center. He then drops it off in the “Troops Mail Box” set up by the Blue Star Mothers group.
He said, “If I come in twice a day, it’s twice a day because I feel it’s necessary for servicemen to receive mail – that’s pretty important.”
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