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WWII veterans serve as Veterans Day parade grand marshals

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Constantine (Coz) DiGiullo, 102, and Veria Wagoner, 101, were grand marshals of Albany's 63rd Veterans Day Parade, held on Monday, Nov. 12. They are members of Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520 in Albany, N.Y. Both are WWII Army veterans, and have over 60 years of membership at Post 1520.

Two cadets, dressed in WWI uniforms to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and standing behind the honorees in the photo, are from Albany High School's JROTC program; they were honorary grand marshals, They represented two Albany Medal of Honor recipients: William Henry Johnson and Patrick F. Dunn.

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.