Hundreds pack Washington Square Park for annual Veteran's Day ceremony

Kimberly Adams
November 11, 2018 - 5:34 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It was a day of reflection and appreciation Sunday as hundreds gathered at Washington Square Park for Veteran’s Day.

"I'm really honored to be here," said retired Army Lieutenant-Colonel Chuck Schretzman.

Schretzman, who now suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, says he was proud to be beside hundreds at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

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Stacy Schretzman says this display of affection is what her husband chuck’s sacrifice was all about.

"My husband rolls around this city in his wheelchair, we feel the love in this town,” she said.

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A Veteran's Day message of hope was read along with the annual wreath laying at the tomb, moving Marci Dosowitz of Center City.

"I thought it was a good opportunity to show our patriotism," she explained.

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And retired Air Force officer Amanda Chestnut added, "We reflect on the past and prepare for the future."

While looking to the future, retired Marine Dennis Miller offered his advice if a person meets a veteran in need.

"Do the best you can help them to succeed back here in this civilian life," he said.