CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Simmons siblings have lived without their brother Donald for 75 years. All that time, they never knew about the other brother he had.
That brother, Onofrio “Nono” Zicari, was one of the last people to see Simmons alive on the beaches of Normandy.
Zicari returned to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June. His visit was profiled by David Muir on ABC World News Tonight.
In the story, Zicari is seen seeking out the grave of his fallen comrade, Donald Simmons.
Back in Canastota, Donald Simmons’ family was watching and instantly wanted to meet Nono.
Through the help of ABC News and Forever Young Veterans, NewsChannel 9 was able to put the Simmons in touch with Zicari over an internet video chat.
At the time, Nono suggested he visits Syracuse to meet the Simmons.
Three months later, Nono is keeping his promise.
He landed in Syracuse to spend several days in Upstate New York, which included a lunch with the Simmons Family at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.
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