Veterans Memorial will honor fallen Prep alumni

St. Augustine Prep, Richland, will host a Mass and unveiling of a Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, April 29, in honor of two fallen alumni — 1st. Lt. Salvatore S. Corma II, of Wenonah, and PFC Edward K Miller, of Buena.

Mass will begin at 10 a.m. in the Rodio Gym. Refreshments will be served in the Consalo Dining Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m. A prayer service will follow the Mass with the unveiling of the 1st Lt. Salvatore S. Corma II Memorial. The public is invited to attend.

The memorial honors 1st. Lt. Salvatore S. Corma II who graduated from the Prep in 2004 and the United States Military Academy in 2008. Lt. Corma lost his life five at the age of 24, on April 29, 2010 while stationed in Afghanistan.

He saved 18 of his men by jumping on an improvised explosive device (IED). A few days after his death those who served with him started the process to have him awarded the Medal of Honor, a process that can take years.

PFC Edward K. Miller, was a member of St. Augustine Prep Class of 1966. He lost his life Aug. 17, 1968 while serving in the Vietnam War.

“While saddened every day by the loss of his presence I am happy that Sal and the memory of his sacrifice is being honored in such a memorable way,” said Gertrude “Trudy” Corma, mother of Lt. Corma. “It reinforces to all that each of our actions and convictions do have a lasting far reaching impact.”

“The memorial is a symbol of the bravery that Sal and Ed exemplified,” said Dragone, St. Augustine Prep student body president, and partner in this project.

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