STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island veterans home honored three servicemen Thursday for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

On this anniversary, we remember all those who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the name of our democracy.

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At the Long Island State Veterans Home, a special ceremony Thursday honored three of those brave servicemen who took those fateful steps.

US Army Veteran Frank DePergola, US Navy veteran Charles Cino and US Army Veteran Philip DiMarco were all honored at D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony on June 6, 2019. (Credit: CBS2)

US Army Veteran Frank DePergola, US Navy veteran Charles Cino and US Army Veteran Philip DiMarco were all awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

“You can’t explain the feeling,” DiMarco said.

“It was terrible. Bombs bursting all over,” Cino said.

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DiMarco stormed the shores of Normandy as a young man, very far from his Brooklyn roots. He told CBS2’s Tara Jakeway he had a message of his own to his fellow Americans he fought so valiantly for.

“Thank you for helping us out,” he said.

He joined thousands of troops on June 6, 1944, in the battle that changed the course of history. A member of what is widely known as the greatest generation, he was joined Thursday by the latest generation, including his 20-year-old granddaughter Julia Spirito.

US Army Veteran Philip DiMarco and his granddaughter Julia Spirito at a D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony on June 6, 2019. (Credit: CBS2)

“They went through all of that to help us. Then we should just think about all the things they did for us and we should be so appreciative of everything,” she said.

Spirito honored her grandfather along with decorated members of the armed forces and some of the nearly 100 veterans that call the Long Island State Veterans Home their home.

“I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of these three good-looking guys up here who changed the course of human kind,” Army veteran Col. James McDonough Jr. said.

“It’s just good to be here,” DiMarco said.

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While the ceremony was winding down, the line grew to meet the three living legends who were honored.