UPDATED 6:15 p.m. Dec. 20 – A Macomb Township post office will serve as a memorial to one of the area's own fallen heroes.
Late Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that will rename the U.S. Postal Service carrier annex in Macomb Township in honor of Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio. The House unanimously approved the bill last month.
Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) jointly requested the passage of this bill in the Senate.
“Lance Corporal DiLisio made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation,” Levin said, in a prepared statement. “While no act of Congress can fully honor those who give so much, I hope placing his name on this postal facility will provide a permanent reminder of how much he and his generation of men and women in uniform have done for America.”
The post office located at 15285 Samohin Drive is now officially the Lance Corporal Anthony A. DiLisio Clinton-Macomb Carrier Annex.
“I am honored to have sponsored this measure to pay respects and remembrance to Lance Corporal Anthony DiLisio, a son of Macomb Township, and pleased that today the House passed the measure renaming a Macomb post office in his honor,” said U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-District 10).
DiLisio died May 30, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. While on patrol about 25 yards outside of camp, he was shot once in the head by a group of enemy fighters who drove by in a van.
Despite his superiors telling him he could have the day off, DiLisio volunteered to work that night. Two other Marines were killed in the same ambush.
DiLisio was 20 years old when he died. He graduated from Dakota High School and enlisted in the Marines shortly after finishing school. He was the son of Lorenzo DiLisio and the late Tamrya Lebute, stepmother Tina DiLisio, the brother of Dino, Joseph, Lisa, Maria, and Angelo. DiLisio is also remembered by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.