PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The last remaining Philadelphian who survived the Pearl Harbor attack was among the veterans honored, on Thomas Paine Plaza, across from City Hall.
Veterans gathered to pay tribute to all of those who served, and get them services from dozens of providers.READ MORE: New Jersey Forest Fire Service Battling Active 70-Acre Wildfire In Bass River State Forest
Kevin McCloskey, a vet from the Mayfair section, who lost both legs and his sight in one eye in an IED, or Improvised Explosive Device, attack in
Afghanistan in 2008, was recognized as the newest member of the Veterans Advisory Commission of Philadelphia.
“It’s an honor to be a part of it,” he said.
When McCloskey joined the military, he didn’t think about the future; it was only about serving.
“I didn’t picture being part of such a big family, after I was out,” he said. “It’s incredible to have everyone’s support, and be there for you when you don’t even know they are.”READ MORE: Study: Pennsylvania Among Most Effective States At Combating COVID-19
World War II veteran Alexander Horanzy, was 19 at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“We were known as ‘The Greatest Generation,’ right,” said Horanzy.
Now 95, he was greeted by many currently in the military.
‘These are the upcoming generations, he said. “They’re carrying on the torch.'”
He heard about another fellow his age who recently jumped out of a plane, to celebrate a birthday.
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“I think I’ll jump out at 100-years-old, he said laughing. “And, if I cannot jump out, they can throw me out.”