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Positively Philadelphia: Delaware Riverfront Memorials

(The Scottish Immigration Memorial.  File photo)

(The Scottish Immigration Memorial. File photo)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You may have passed by Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront memorials and not really noticed how truly spectacular they are.

But now you can take what’s called the Honor, Sacrifice, and Freedom Tour.

“The whole concept behind this was to raise awareness,” says Terry Williamson, president of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.  “These are really hidden treasures and, frankly, a lot of people don’t know they even exist.

(Veterans salute during a ceremony at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

(Veterans salute during a ceremony at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial. File photo by Steve Tawa)

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“The tours include not just the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but also the Korean War Memorial, the Irish Memorial, that beautiful memorial on Front Street…”

(The Irish Immigration Memorial.  File photo)

(The Irish Immigration Memorial. File photo)

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And there’s more.

“The Scottish Memorial; the Immigration Memorial — that’s relatively new; the Columbus memorial…”

And you can get a guided tour.

“Well, right now, through the Independence Seaport Museum, people can take an organized tour.  It includes reduced admission to the USS Olympia and the Becuna, the World War II submarine, as well.”

And soon there will be a map so you can explore at your own pace.

“In early July, we’ll have a map where people can take a self-guided walking tour. This is brand new,” Williamson tells Positively Philadelphia.

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And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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