PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today, Veterans Day, was a day to say “thank you” to American service personnel from the past and present.

At a ceremony Friday at the National Constitution Center, there was a wreath-laying ceremony in which Karen Fink (above) took part. She is an eight-year Army veteran, who served in Operation Desert Storm. She is now the director of human resources at the Constitution Center.

“It’s just a nice way for us to honor people who have served and continue to serve,” she tells KYW Newsradio, “and I think it’s even more important now, when so many service people are still overseas and still fighting.”

Five-year-old Lauren Webber of Chestnut Hill (below) was saying thank-you to a service man or woman by writing a note at the Soldier Mail Call table — “to thank the soldier for fighting in the country,” she explained.

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(Lauren Webber writes to an American service member. Credit: John McDevitt)


Meanwhile, the new exhibit, “Fighting for Democracy” (photo below, see related story), featuring a diverse group of seven Americans from the World War II era, was popular.

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(The exhibit "Fighting For Democracy" will be at the NCC through January 16th, 2012. Credit: John McDevitt)


And there were talks going on throughout the afternoon at the Constitution Center, given by veterans sharing their experiences in the armed services.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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