July 5, 1990 |
Former President Jimmy Carter received the city's Liberty Medal in a patriotic celebration Wednesday, reminding Americans that human rights are key elements in the fabric of the nation. Carter was warmly welcomed by a crowd of 10,000 as he was awarded the bronze medal in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed exactly 214 years ago. The award also comes with a $100,000 prize.
October 27, 1987 |
Declaring that "our brothers have come home," hundreds of Vietnam veterans and thousands of spectators Monday cheered a parade and the unveiling of a monument honoring 630 Americans killed in Southeast Asia. A rifle squad fired a 21-gun salute as a group of veterans, a number of them wearing their tattered, 20-year-old uniforms, wiped away tears and peeled back the plastic cover to reveal a gray granite wall inscribed with the names of the war dead.
January 5, 1987
Three days late but no less festive, Philadelphia's Mummers strutted up Broad Street in their annual New Year's parade of comedy, fancy costumes and string band music. The $3-million parade, delayed twice this year because of bad weather, stepped off just before 8 a.m., led by the colorful clowns of the comic division. Thousands of fans braved temperatures in the 30s for the 12 hours of pageantry and celebration that officially dates back to 1901.