Aurio Pierro—World War II veteran
You’re not supposed to have favorite subjects in a project like this – it’s like favoring one child over another – but Aurio was my favorite. I love his spirit and I love his generation. I love that he lives in the same Lexington house he was born in. Aurio was a World War II tank commander and heroic recipient of both the Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He came home after World War II and ran a successful law practice for many years. Like many of his generation, he doesn’t make a big deal out of his service to our country. But as the number of veterans of this generation passes on, I think it’s important to not only honor guys like Aurio for their service, but also respect their experience and the wisdom they accumulated over the years.