Battle of the Bulge survivors remembered on Veterans Day

When Jack Foy founded the group of Battle of the Bulge survivors 25 years ago, there were 99 members. On Veterans Day 2016, there were 6 men in the room - including Jack Foy. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Veterans Day 2016 is not just another Veterans Day.

Each year, those who served in WWII stand alongside fewer comrades than the year before.

But they do stand, as we saw Friday at a ceremony in Rochester. Jack Foy is one of the men who stood up to be recognized for his service.

"Most of us were young men, 18, 19, 20," Foy said at a ceremony Friday morning. "We are all in our 90s now. Those who are left."

Foy is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. When he founded the local group for Rochester-area veterans who served in the battle, there were 99 men. At the ceremony on Friday, there were about 12 left.

Just six of those 12 were in the room for the ceremony.

"People are easy forgotten except by their families," Foy said. "Their own families remember Uncle Joe who died in the war, but the general public doesn't. And it's occasions like this that brings them back to the minds of the rest of the people, the people of our country."

The Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest in the history of the U.S. Army. More than 19,000 servicemembers lost their lives.

Now, 73 years later, the men who survived still gather to honor that service.

It is never just another Veterans Day as Jack reads the names of the group members who are no longer with them.

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