PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to party — Philly does it with tradition and enthusiasm. Old City was the site of the annual Independence Day ceremonies on Tuesday.
In front of a flag-waving crowd at Independence Hall, Mayor Jim Kenney gave the city’s Magis Award to Ralph Galati, director of veterans services at St. Joseph’s University. Galati was a POW with Senator John McCain and Admiral James Stockdale.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Stormy Afternoon Brings In Seasonal Temperatures For Early Next Week
“Seeing how they stood tall, how they maintained their dignity, they were determined to return home with honor,” Galati said. “The least we could do was fall into their footsteps.”READ MORE: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days
McCain appeared on video.
“I first met Ralph at the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ where we were being held captive during the Vietnam War.”MORE NEWS: Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians Outside Of High School Football Game In Wilmington
After the ceremony, it was the parade, with Tastykake and marching bands and Miss America delighting thousands along Chestnut and Market Streets.