94-year-old Massachusetts veteran receives purple heart

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A World War Two veteran in Massachusetts has finally received his purple heart

94-year-old Francis Byrne was wounded when a landmine exploded in 1944.
Dozens of veterans were in attendance for the ceremony.

“It’s something you can’t really imagine because it was so long ago. I never thought it would really come true”, Byrne said

Byrne was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

He said filling his award case with the purple heart was his final mission.

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