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Local WW II veterans head to NYC for Veterans Day

Two local World War II veterans are getting a special honor on Veterans Day.

Jack Foy, who is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, says he’s been invited to the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Monday to sit on the reviewing stand with President Trump.  Foy says some other World War II vets will be with him.

Foy says it’s an unbelievable honor, and it’s his understanding the president will talk about Foy’s service and that of some of the other veterans.

Foy hopes these kinds of ceremonies continue to remind people about those who sacrificed for their country. 

“Just to remember what these guys did 75 years ago, and not myself, alone, 15-million other guys that fought in that war and 400,000 of them died in battle in that war,” Foy said.

Foy had led a local memorial to Battle of the Bulge veterans in Rochester every Veterans Day, but that group has disbanded now that there are only a few of them left in the area.  

Credit Mary Ann DuPre

Another well-known local World War II veteran, "Harmonica" Pete DuPre, who has played the harmonica at veterans events around the world, played the national anthem Sunday night at the Knicks game in Madison Square Garden.

The two World War II veterans went to New York city with the help of The Greatest Generations Foundation.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.