BUFFALO, NY - Lawmakers and veterans in Buffalo offered honors Saturday to a local veteran of three wars who died earlier in the week.
The annual Veterans Appreciation Tribute Awards at the Naval and Military Park were centered around Louis Palma, who died Thursday after a long life spent serving his country.
Using his late brother's birth certificate, Palma joined the Navy and age 15 and fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and spent his later years working to make life better for Western New York veterans.
His son, Hank Palma, accepted the award on his behalf, saying: "I really don't know what he would have said. But this much I do know. He loved his country. He loved the military, he loved his veterans, he loved this park. And I also know that he will definitely love and cherish this award, and he's watching us up above today."