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NY honors World War 2 vets, including 3 who saw D-Day action

June 6, 2019
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D-Day veteran Frank De Pergola, 96, poses with his wartime service photo prior to a 75th anniversary ceremony, Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, N.Y. DePergola served as an army combat infantryman in Normandy, and then in the Battle of the Bulge. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is honoring about a hundred World War II veterans during a D-Day ceremony on Long Island.

The veterans being honored on Thursday — the 75th anniversary of D-Day — include three who saw action there: 97-year-old Army veteran Philip DiMarco; 96 year-old Army veteran Frank DePergola; and 93-year-old Navy veteran Charles Cino.

The event is being held at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University.

More than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France on June 6, 1944.

The Battle of Normandy was a turning point in the war. It helped bring about Nazi Germany’s defeat in May 1945.

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