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Wilton Family Y Honors Local War Hero On Veterans Day

Wilton Family Y volunteer Al Mecozzi, a World War II veteran, receives a cake from Y Executive Director Bob McDowell Monday in honor of his military service.
Wilton Family Y volunteer Al Mecozzi, a World War II veteran, receives a cake from Y Executive Director Bob McDowell Monday in honor of his military service. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. — As a volunteer greeter at the Wilton Family Y for nearly two years, Al Mecozzi is a familiar face to many in town. But long before he took his post at the Y’s check-in desk, serving members and visitors of all ages, Mecozzi served the country as a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mecozzi, a resident of the Georgetown section of Wilton, was a member of the 357th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division. A Purple Heart recipient, Mecozzi was wounded and held as a prisoner of war.

On Monday, this war hero was recognized by the entire Y community for his service with a sweet surprise—a cake and a card. Presented to him by Y Executive Director Bob McDowell, the American Flag-designed cake bore an inscription that read: “Thank You For Your Service, Al. You’re Our Hero.”

Mecozzi volunteers at the Y Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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