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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town.

Notable Passing Of Veteran

Morris Park resident Marshall Ralph Siciliano, 94, was laid to rest recently at Calvary Cemetary in Queens after a funeral service at Holy Rosary Church.

During the service, Siciliano was remembered and celebrated as a solider.

He was a World War II veteran who was a prisoner of war in a Nazi camp. During the funeral, a U.S. Army bugle corps. player played taps and the flag that draped his casket was presented to his nephew, John Marshall Siciliano.

He was active in a veterans organization at the James J. Peters V.A.

These days I can’t help but reflect on the mood of the times which is world chaos. However, it’s heartening to know that in our past lives ‘once upon a time’ people sacrificed their lives to make this world a better place for the next generation. Now, however, all we hear about are people who think only of themselves and find satisfaction in destroying the lives of innocent people.

Happy Birthday

Family and friends are wishing Bharati Kemraj, our Bronx Bollywood role model a happy birthday.

Through the Bharati Dance Academy and The Bharati Foundation, this amazing woman is dedicated to giving back to the community and youth.

Keep it magical. We all love you.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
Pictured is a news clipping from a 1943 issue of the Bronx Home News dealing with John Marshall Siciliano’s POW status in World War II.

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