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Bridesburg continues its Memorial Day traditions

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 A rifle salute for the nation's war dead marks the Memorial Day observances in Philadelphia's Bridesburg section.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A rifle salute for the nation's war dead marks the Memorial Day observances in Philadelphia's Bridesburg section.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

 The Bridesburg section of Philadelphia was one of many places across the region that celebrated Memorial Day  with parades and solemn remembrances.  

 This event started in 1947 and brings out veterans from many wars.  Charles Hesser of Philadelphia says he’s one of the men who survived the Korean War to come home from Korea, but he thinks often of those who did not come back.

“To me, it’s not about the living,” he said.  “I appreciate that I am here but there are so many that aren’t here that should be here today. [The sorrow] doesn’t get any better.”

Hesser says when the bugler plays Taps it brings a tear to his eye.  

Vietnam Vet John Wharton says those who fought in his war are still being shunned.

“We seem like we are being pushed behind again,” Wharton said. “We have the young veterans who have done their time in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

A parade honoring the veterans ended the day’s festivities on Richmond Street.

 

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