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PVVM Re-Dedicated on Memorial Day

Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mayor Michael Nutter delivered brief remarks and assisted Terry Williamson,president of the Memorial Fund, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to re-dedicate PVVM before a crowd estimated at 1,000 spectators for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Penn’s Landing.

Ralph Galati, a former POW who spent 14 months in the “Hanoi Hilton,” talked of his experiences and the importance of honoring veterans. The ceremony marked the end of a seven-year campaign to raise $1 million to refurbish the Memorial and open the Spruce Street side of the Memorial to create greater awareness and reduce vandalism. The entire project was completed this month.