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Long Island Veterans Receive Special Honors On D-Day Anniversary

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo honored three World War II veterans on Long Island on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Navy veteran Charles Cino and Army veterans Frank DePergola and Phillip DiMarco received the New York Medal for Merit for their part in the invasion of Normandy.

Long Island State Veterans Home Director Fred Sganga says the three veterans embody the spirit of patriotism.

“What makes Frank, Phillip and Charles so special? They knew back in 1944 that some things are worth dying for. One’s nation is worth dying for, and the democracy it represents is worth dying for.”

De Pergola and Di Marco were also awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross for their service at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.