Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Members of Desales High School’s Class of 2013 stand for the Plege of Allegiance during an awards ceremony Tuesday in front of a flag the class bought as a gift for the school. The flag honors 2005 Desales graduate Army 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari, who was killed last year in Afghanistan. “Mat” Fazzari was Walla Walla’s first fatality of the war. A 2010 graduate of Gonzaga University, he was 25 and on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down June 6, 2012. Also killed in the crash was co-pilot Scott Pace of Brawwley, Calif. Graduation day for the Desales Class of 2013 is Saturday.