My participation in the parade gave me the opportunity to say thank you to the service men and women who sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom. Freedom is a privilege; it is protected by the men and women in uniform, and it is kept alive by the veterans. This day is about the men and women who put themselves in harm's way for this country. Thank you to all our war heroes who demonstrate the true meaning of patriotism.
Jennifer Scacco, Miss Staten Island 2010, Jordan Kolwalski, Miss Liberty's Outstanding Teen 2010, and Kara Kowalski, Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2009
Rolling Thunder, a group of veterns devoted to POW-MIA issues