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Postal facility dedicated to fallen Marine
On a day his father will never forget, Anthony DiLisio’s life was memorialized with the dedication of a Macomb Township postal facility.
The Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio Clinton-Macomb Carrier Annex was dedicated Friday at a ceremony attended by dozens of people, including family members, relatives, postal officials and several politicians.
“It’s an honor, a big honor,” said Anthony’s father, Lorenzo DiLisio, moments after the ceremony concluded. “I’m surprised with all the people here, politicians. I will never forget this day.
“I think he would be in tears, just like I am.”
DiLisio, 20, of Macomb Township, was killed May 30, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He graduated from Dakota High School in 2008 and enlisted in the Marines shortly after finishing school.
The dedication was made possible by a resolution presented by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, who responded to a request by a group of postal workers who were touched by Anthony’s story.
Miller told the crowd Anthony was a Marine motto model, which she said was “faithful to their duty, cause of freedom and liberty and nation.”
“Anthony was a true Marine to whom it was more than just a motto, it was solemn duty,” Miller said. “Lance Cpl. Anthony DiLisio was always, always faithful, so it is entirely appropriate, that today in his hometown, this facility will carry the name of this great American hero, this great American patriot, Lance Cpl. Anthony DiLisio.”
DiLisio was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed in Afghanistan while on patrol about 25 yards outside of his camp, according to Miller’s office. He was shot by a group of enemy fighters who drove by in a van. DiLisio volunteered to work that night despite his superiors telling him he could have the day off. Two other Marines were killed in the same ambush. His unit was scheduled to return back to the United States the following month.
His family, many of them in tears during the ceremony, remains proud of him.
“I’m so proud of him, and so is my whole family,” Lorenzo said. “They loved him, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters. They all loved him. It’s a shame he’s not here.
“(Anthony was) a good kid, a very good kid, smart kid, just wanted to be a marine, you know.”
Anthony’s sister-in-law, Lori DiLisio, spoke at the ceremony on the family’s behalf.
“He was unselfish and always willing to lend a hand,” she said. “Being kind to others was part of his nature.
“Anthony’s family is truly honored that he is being recognized in such a distinguished manner by naming this postal facility after him.”
Miller added: “As we honor Anthony, we also honor them, all of them, who have shared Anthony with us. We certainly can never remove their sorrow for the loss of Anthony, but we can also show them our entire nation, all of America, honors his service and sacrifice, and that this community appreciates so much the service of one of our own, and that we honor his life, service, sacrifice and commitment to freedom that we all hold dear.”
Postal employee Dennis Werth, who initiated a petition drive and requested the dedication, said, “Every employee is deeply honored to work in a building named in his honor.”