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Slideshow: WWII veteran, Memorial Day Parade 'star' gets military honors
World War II veteran Cecil Boswell is laid to rest Thursday afternoon at Alta Vista Cemetery.

Cecil Boswell, who died Sunday, was part of the second wave invading Normandy on D-Day and fought in the pivotal Battle of the Bulge.

The Gainesville resident’s funeral was held Thursday with military honors.

In a 2014 interview with The Times, he described being pinned down on a battlefield between two fallen soldiers.

Boswell also fought to liberate Paris in 1944.

He was well-known for marching in uniform in Gainesville’s Memorial Day parade each year.