Hundreds gather in Independence Hall to hear freedom ring on Armistice Day

Pat Toddy
November 11, 2018 - 7:34 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)-- The birthplace of freedom was ringing in the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War at Independence Hall.

It began with a minute of silence for the millions who were killed in the war began the ceremony, and then it was all ears-time for the hundreds of people gathered.

The 13,000 pound Independence Hall bell was striking a peaceful tone to mark the day World War I weapons fell silent.

But the war to end all wars missed its' mark, as this Iraq combat veteran knows first-hand.

Reporter: Did your lose any of your friends?

"A lot, there was a lot, she's (his wife) actually wearing a memorial shirt that we have for our unit," said Peter Kehs, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

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Kehs’ wife was wearing a sweatshirt that lists the names of his 13 fallen brothers of 1st battalion 8th marines.

"A lot of them were young, most of them never saw it past 25," he painfully recounted.

This Allentown man, who served his country, is also a father and works to show his 14-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son that being an American is a great privilege.

"Giving them a piece of the history of it, and what the country means to all of us, that's really why we're here,” Kehs said.

So do they think they have a cool dad?

That got a big laugh from the 14-year-old Jaiden Kehs, but then she replied, "I'm proud of him!”

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