NORTH BELLMORE, NY — Long Island mom Mary Bellissimo-DeGregorio, started off Memorial Day 2016 with a very disappointed little boy. Her son, Nicholas DeGregorio, had been excited about playing the trumpet for veterans in a local parade. But the event was canceled reportedly because the area was expecting inclement weather.
"He felt bad for all of the veterans that would not have a parade in honor of all their fallen comrades," Bellissimo-DeGregorio told WomansWorld.com. And it never even rained.
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So the devoted family decided to do something unprecedented: they drove along the parade route with Nicholas playing the trumpet out the window. When they reached a memorial near a school and library, a woman they had never met approached them with a question.
"She said her dad, a disabled WWII veteran, and his driver were on their way and wanted to know if the parade was still on. I told her it wasn't, and she said her dad would be so disappointed," said Bellissimo-DeGregorio.
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That's when Nicholas jumped in to lift the veteran's spirits. He played "You're a Grand Old Flag" to the veteran's extreme delight. It resulted in the touching video below, which Bellissimo-DeGregorio shared.
"Poppy," as Carol Ann Iannacone Williams calls her dad, Chris Iannacone, was overjoyed, as was Nicholas. And another happy surprise: Bellissimo-DeGregorio and Williams instantly connected.
"We actually became friends. Behind every cloud is a silver lining," Bellissimo-DeGregorio added.
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