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Stolen medals to be replaced in Fourth of July ceremony

PHOENIX – A Litchfield Park veteran whose World War II medals were stolen will be getting them replaced in a Fourth of July ceremony in Tolleson, Ariz.

James Broyles, an 88-year-old war veteran who can still count the number of times he was shot down during World War II will be getting replacement medals after a burglar broke into his home and stole them two years ago.

“I don’t know how to explain it… they meant everything in the world to me,” Broyles said.

The medals, which he was awarded after his honorable discharge from service, will be presented to him during a brief ceremony as part of the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

If you would like to assist to this or any other Fourth of July celebration happening in and around the Valley, you can check out our Fourth of July map for locations of all the events that will be going on this holiday weekend.