WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ahead of Veterans Day Saturday, VFW Post 1090 is celebrating its 100th anniversary and led the Trumbull County Veterans Day parade.

The parade stepped off at noon in downtown Warren.

For 100 years, the local VFW post has been a cornerstone in the community, providing resources and support for veterans across the area.

“One hundred years goes from World War II all the way until now. Fortunately, we’re in a peace-time era, but the men and women that came before us, it says a lot for that post to be standing is a great sign of that,” said VFW Post 1090 Commander Charles Ciapala.

World War II veteran Albert Kosiba was part of the celebration. He’s 103 years old.

“I didn’t think I’d be here. It’s really a lucky thing,” he said.

Kosiba served tours in Europe and France, but his most important stop Friday is the VFW in Warren.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing that you show your gratitude for living in a country that’s free. That’s not true all over,” Kosiba said.

Before the parade, VFW leaders held a ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church. Historical photos and other war memorabilia from the Trumbull County Historical Society were on display. Then, the VFW took charge as it has for 100 years, leading the community in a parade.

“Be thankful for what you have and treat your friends and neighbors with respect and dignity. I think if you do that, you are a true American,” Kosiba said.

The Cortland Community Band played a selection of patriotic tunes as attendees were given flags so they could also be a part of the celebration. Local servicemen and women were saluted and honored.

The whole day was an opportunity to pause, say thank you and recognize the sacrifices veterans have made.

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