Korean War Veteran, Hospice Patient throws First Pitch At PawSox Game

The Rhode Island Hospice Veterans Partnership held its annual “We Honor Veterans” 65th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War event at McCoy Stadium last Friday, where veterans from across Rhode Island were honored and celebrated at a barbeque and PawSox game. Tony Parravano of Cranston – veteran and patient of HopeHealth – threw the game’s first pitch.

“At Hope Hospice RI, we care for many veterans with powerful stories and undeniable strength,” said Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of HopeHealth in a press release provided to What’sUp. “Being a member of the RI Hospice Veterans Partnership is extremely important to us, as are fundraisers like this that support our service men and women – many of whom we have the honor of getting to know through our organization.”

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The game’s first pitch was thrown by Tony Parravano, a US Army veteran who served in the Korean War as a radio man in communication from 1952-1954. On the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, Parravano received the Wire Fence Medal for bravery from President Obama at the White House for his bravery and service to our country.


The Rhode Island Hospice Veterans Partnership works to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/RIHVP/.