Picarrazzi was part of the first wave of soldiers to hit the French beachheads in 1944, on what was one of the bloodiest days of the war. He went on to fight in Europe, including in the Battle of the Bulge, and was wounded three times.
DeSorbo is not a veteran himself. His older and younger brothers both served in Vietnam, and he's had a definite interest in military and American history. Meeting Picarrazzi four years ago was partly responsible for inspiring his drive to get the ceremony organized. Another part is preserving the story of veterans for future generations.
"I can't turn the clock back, but I wish I had done this 10 years ago," DeSorbo said.
So far DeSorbo has contacted the following survivors: Leo Hoge, of Saratoga Springs (Navy); Philip Myers, of Saratoga Springs (Army, 101st Airborne); Ken Bailey, of Voorheesville (Army, 4th Cavalry); Harold Williams, of Chatham (Army); Frank Smith, of Hudson Falls (Coast Guard); Ralph Avery, of Claverack (Army); and Angelo Picarrazzi, of Selkirk (Army, 9th Infantry).
There are also plans to honor deceased veterans at the June ceremony.
Anyone who is or who has knowledge of a local D-Day veteran, wishes to attend the June ceremony or who wants to help out the D-Day Revisited Association can contact DeSorbo at email@example.com.""