Empty seats at Veterans Day ceremonies
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Veterans Day ceremony attendance is dwindling in Philadelphia. At the city’s official remembrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier there were lots of empty seats.
Fewer than 100 people attended the services to remember those who served their country in the military. If you take away those participating in the ceremony, only a handful showed up. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says it’s disappointing to see attendance falling off.
“We had thousands and thousands of people for a parade, a deserved parade when the Phillies won the World Series. When you have these men and women who fought for us to protect us and have all the rights we enjoy, it’s only them here to celebrate.”
Williams serves as a Army reservist. Mayor Michael Nutter spoke of those who roam the streets after serving their country.
“It is of course a national disgrace that those who have served their country so well are not receiving the service they need now.”
The mayor says there is more work to do to take care of those who have served in the military.