By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A special ceremony was held at Penn’s Landing Saturday in front of the USS Olympia to honor those who served in our armed forces.
The Freedom Bell, cast in bronze and filled with steel from the Twin Towers, was the focal point of the ceremony.
Richard Rovsek is chair of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, which created the bell:
“This bell is a symbolic thank your, and it’s not just for the people that are serving today, it’s for those who have served and hopefully for those who serve in the future,” he said.
Wallace Presley, Sargeant Major of the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, rang the bell after the ceremony for all those who served in Vietnam Nam, as he did:
“I was drafted but I went to serve my country because my grandmother wanted me to honor my grandfather, and to make sure our family had a tradition of serving this country.”
The Freedom Bell willl be in Valley Forge Sunday, and Arlington Cemetery on Monday.