BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – A fallen Buffalo war soldier has been honored, 54 years after his death, right in his neighborhood.
Lance Corporal Daniel Edward Sirianni was killed while in Vietnam on February 8, 1968, exactly one month after its 20th anniversary.
The West Side native and more than a dozen other members of his platoon were killed that day.
Lance Corporal Sirianni was honored with a memorial outside the West Side Community Services Building along with dozens of his childhood friends, parents and siblings on Thursday afternoon.
His younger siblings, Anthony, Lisa, Cindy and Lewis Sirianni, Jr., as well as one of his closest friends, Michael Calandra, told 7 News he is remembered for his dedication to his family, neighbors and the Marine Corps as he followed in the footsteps of his father who also served in the military.
Sirianni, Jr. told Pheben Kassahun that he remembers his brother as someone who always kept everyone’s spirits up. He died when Sirianni, Jr. was 12, but he is remembered very well.
“I hope they all realize that there are people here, people they don’t even know who do this every day. They put their lives on the line for strangers so we can all live this way. Live free and fearless,” said Daniel’s younger brother, Lewis C. Sirianni, Jr. those heroes who have dedicated their lives to the safety of others.”
Daniel is also honored at the Vietnam Veteran‘s Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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