Waterbury honors five WWII veterans during special ceremony

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — They are often referred to as ‘The Greatest Generation’ and it’s estimated that more than 400 World War II veterans die everyday in the United States.

On Wednesday morning, Waterbury paid tribute to five city natives who served our country in the war. Waterbury’s Veterans Memorial Committee honored each of them during a special ceremony in front of City Hall.

“No one in our lifetime, either before us and hopefully after us, will ever make the sacrifice that the veterans serving those eras did to protect and preserve all of us,” said Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

The veterans honored today are all natives of the Brass City. They include:

  • Ralph Gianelli, 89
  • Sherman T. London, 91
  • Francis J. Porto, 90
  • Vito A. Santoro, 96
  • Frank M. DePaola, 91

Not all of the veterans were able to make it to Wednesday’s ceremony. Those who were there, humbled by the whole experience.

“We’re hear honoring those of us who are here alive,” said DePaola. “The ones we should honor are the ones who didn’t come back.”


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