Niagara Gazette

Local News

March 3, 2014

Niagara Falls veteran receives full honors at Arlington National Cemetery

Niagara Gazette — In life, Eugene Corsaro hoped to one day be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery. In death, the Marine and Army Reserve veteran of the Korean War got exactly what he wanted.

Not anyone can be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. You must have served in the military during wartime, and your rank is heavily considered. Corsaro, a Niagara Falls native, spent four years in the Marines, and then 35 years in the Army Reserve.

When he retired, it was as lieutenant colonel. When he passed away on Nov. 1 at age 80, he was given an honor worthy of his rank.

“He was a military man,” said widow Geraldine Corsaro. “He loved the military life for personal reasons, he didn’t make a career of it. Being buried at Arlington National Cemetery was his only request.”

Geraldine said that the staff at Colucci Funeral Home on Military Road helped to make the arrangements to help grant Eugene’s wish.

Members of Eugene’s family, including Geraldine and their son Tony, accompanied him on his journey to his final resting place. His burial in Arlington included full military honors, including a 21-gun salute, the presence of color guards and the traditional “Taps” performance.

“It was moving,” Tony said of the ceremony. “We’re very proud of him for serving his country. Everyone who serves should have the opportunity to be buried (at the Arlington National Cemetery), but it’s not possible. It’s such an honor.”

Eugene passed on as the result of many health complications. His family members say they are happy that he was laid to rest with the honors that he duly deserved.

He’s at peace there now,” Geraldine said. “I just want to let him know he got his wish.” 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results