BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nine local veterans are new recipients of WWII war medals.
"On the eve of the 71st anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, we are gathered to remember the sacrifices made by those who answered the call," said Congressman Brian Higgins.
Higgins did not want another year to pass for deserving Western New York veterans who had never received their medals. Friday, in a ceremony held at Buffalo's Naval Park, WWII veterans or their families finally got their overdue recognition.
Nine veterans: Five still with us today, four who have passed on, earned a total of 50 medals, including a silver star and several bronze stars. Army private John Accardi received a purple heart. "Artillery shell went off the back....and got me in the water. They got me out of there. Thank God," he said.
Accardi says on Saturday, June 6, he'll remember his brothers who weren't as lucky.