Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct date.
After spending nearly two years at the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Program in Tampa, Fla., for serious wounds from stepping on an improvised explosive device on Sept. 25, 2011, USMC Sgt. Doug Vitale will arrive back in Pittsburgh for the first time since his injuries to a hero’s welcome Saturday.
A motorcade escort will then proceed to VFW Post 764 in McMurray, where a community ceremony will take place honoring Vitale at approximately.
And local folks are invited to attend that ceremony, which is slated for 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Vitale’s return will kick off a full week of celebrations that include: an American Flag mural dedication, the unveiling of Vitale's new smart home design, as well as a presentation from representatives of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers thanking the man for his service.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward building a smart home for Vitale and Alexis Vitale in Peter’s Township.
Organizers anticipate selling out this concert—so those interested in attending are asked to purchase tickets ASAP at www.OperationDoug.com.