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Utica to host Memorial Day gathering

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 24, 2018

 Utica Mayor Thom Dionne and Vietnam combat veteran Phil Randazzo, of Shelby Township, place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in Utica during a ceremony to rededicate the memorial last July. Utica will host a gathering at the memorial on Memorial Day, May 28.

Utica Mayor Thom Dionne and Vietnam combat veteran Phil Randazzo, of Shelby Township, place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in Utica during a ceremony to rededicate the memorial last July. Utica will host a gathering at the memorial on Memorial Day, May 28.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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UTICA — The city of Utica will host a Memorial Day gathering to honor fallen American war heroes at 1 p.m. May 28 at Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Utica Public Library, 7539 Auburn Road in Utica.

The gathering will take place at the Veterans Memorial that was relocated to Memorial Park last year.

“The city of Utica is hosting a Memorial Day gathering to honor our fallen American war heroes. Being a veteran, events like this are personal for me. I’ve lost friends to war. Along with our friends, neighbors and fellow veterans, we will honor those who gave all so selflessly in the name of this great nation,” said Mayor Thom Dionne.

Everyone is invited to attend, especially veterans and active military personnel. They are invited to wear their uniforms.

The national anthem will be performed by Utica’s own Giulia Tordi (Calandrino). A service will be held to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

The event will be similar to the memorial that takes place each year in Shelby Township.

“Thom reached out to me and asked to be part of this great event, and I agreed. It’s a great way to honor those who were killed in action and those who served our country. It’s also a good way to bring back veterans events in Utica,” said Phil Randazzo, who received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars in Vietnam. Randazzo is Shelby Township’s veteran events coordinator.

“I am a graduate of Utica High School and a strong supporter of veterans events,” said Randazzo.

Randazzo will be one of the speakers at the event. The city hopes to be able to hold this event every year.

For more information about the event, visit www.cityofutica.org.

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