Local Pa. history gala has parachute wedding dress

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - September 21, 2010

The Dunbar Historical Society says the dress was worn by Carmean Maddas when she wed James Wallace on June 7, 1947. Maddas' brother was in the Army Air Corps stations in the Italian Alps during the war, and his unit used white uniforms and parachutes to camouflage them in the snowy mountain conditions.

Historical society secretary Donna Myers tells The Daily Courier of Connellsville that soldiers were commonly allowed to bring home their parachutes which were often made into wedding dresses.

Wallaces' relatives have donated the dress to be displayed at the Dunbar Community Fest, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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