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Local veterans return to Normandy

by Cody Combs

Rochester, N.Y. - 4 local veterans will be returning to Normandy, this time under very different circumstances.

John Foy, John Cipolla, Joseph Mack and Louis Massciangelo will all be making the trip Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary since the D-Day invasion in 1944.

Many consider the invasion to be one of the most pivotal events in WWII.

This will be WWII veteran John Cipolla's first trip back Normandy since he initially hit the shores in 1944.

"I was in the infantry," he said, reflecting on how many years have passed. "I had no idea I'd be going back there, I thought I was going to be in Rochester for the rest of my life."

His friend and fellow WWII veteran John Foy will also be making the trip.

"It will be an emotional trip," said Foy, who served under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. "I wasn't involved in D-Day, but the fighting is the same, more than a few tears will be shed."

Foy is slated to meet President Obama on June 6th during a ceremony at Omaha Beach.

In total all 4 Rochester WWII veterans are scheduled to be in France for approximately 2 weeks.

The trip is paid for by the Greatest Generation Foundation.

 
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