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World War II veteran honored as anniversary of D-day approaches

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As the 70th anniversary of D-day approaches, the community is honoring local war veterans. Phil Capraro, a Utica native and World War II veteran was recognized Thursday night, for his service in the war.

He was honored by the Utica American Legion, Post 229, where his family members, friends and fellow veterans gathered for dinner and a ceremony. Capraro was presented with a plaque by Chris Urban, the commander of Post 229 . Capraro spoke briefly about his experiences in the war and how wonderful his life has been since, acknowledging his wife and children.
 
Capraro was one of the 1,500 individuals who invaded Normandy and served in the Battle of the Bulge.
 
Urban says this world would be a different place without WWII and Phil Capraro.
 
"President Eisenhower had written a letter resigning because he didn't think it would be a successful mission," Urban said. "The free world was on the balance and because of people like Phil who live here in community and are part of our post we have this great country and this wonderful world we live in."
 
NewsChannel 2 interviewed Phil Capraro and will feature his story on the Live at 5 Newshour and NewsChannel 2 at 6 on June 6. 

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