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Family of fallen soldier and Buffalo native receive service medals more than 55 years later

Posted at 6:27 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 18:27:57-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Private Norman C. Wyatt was born in Buffalo on April third, 1944. He joined the United States Army in December of 1962, and died in November 1963.

The Buffalo native never met his son, who would grow up to be councilman Rasheed Wyatt.

A special presentation of Military Service Medals was held at Jesse Clipper Memorial Park Monday afternoon.

"I've wanted to honor this man, who I never got a chance to meet," said councilman Wyatt.

Rasheed and Private Norman never laid eyes on each other; Rasheed only heard stories about his father.

"My Grandmother would tell me stories about him - and my mom, she would say he's a good fella. And I hope that he sees that I'm trying to be a good fella, trying to be a good dad, a good community servant. So on this day, my heart is so warm," he said.

Memorial Day is a day when people, like councilman Wyatt, can remember and honor those who gave their lives in service.

Councilman Wyatt and his mother, Arlene Wyatt, were presented with military service medals Private Norman earned more than 55 years ago.

The National Defense medal, the Sharpshooter Badge, the Vietnam Veteran Surviving Spouse Lapel Pin, and a United States Flag.

Councilman Wyatt reminded those in attendance why a day like this truly matters.

"We have a responsibility as children to make sure they're proud of their legacy, and what they've lived and died for," he said.