- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Three World War II veterans from the Albany area are in Washington, D.C., for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of history’s bloodiest conflict.

Sal Famularo and Dr. Tom Smith, both of Glenville, and Francis “Dick” Varone of Troy departed Thursday for the nation’s capital, where they’ll lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

All three men served in the U.S. Marine Corps and all three fought on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima in 1945.

The veterans are being accompanied by about 180 members of the New York Patriot Guard Riders. Bill Schaaf (shahf) of Troy, the organization’s assistant state captain, says members from across New York are escorting the veterans.

The veterans will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end the war.

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