Special ceremony for veterans unable to make honor flight trip to DC

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some of our local World War II Veterans weren’t able to travel on a Leatherstocking Honor Flight to experience their memorials in D.C. this year so the experience was brought to them in Troy on Friday.

Seven local World War II Veterans and one local Cold War Veteran were honored during the first ever “Honor Flight on the Home Front Ceremony” at the Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre.

It was that pridefully song national anthem, a presentation of colors by the Patriot Guard Riders that had World War II Veteran US Army Sgt. Bruno Doriguzzi in tears.

“It made him feel important again.”

Sgt. Bruno Doriguzzi served in the 398th infantry and was awarded the American service medal, bronze star, and good conduct medal just to name of few. On Friday, another honor bestowed with certificates given to him and seven others.

“Oh, it was beautiful, whoever did it did a beautiful job. Thank you,” Sgt. Doriguzzi said.

Patriot Guard Riders conducted the presentation of colors, Congressman Paul Tonko and Lt. Col. David Panzera were on hand to thank the Veterans.

The sacrifice of Sgt. Doriguzzi and others were not lost.

“I think that it was wonderful. I think he loved it whenever he was saluted. Whenever he heard the music it brought back a lot of memories. It made him feel like a soldier again and I think that was important,” Cathy Schwinghammer, Daughter of WWII Veteran, said.

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