Troy's 45th Annual Flag Day Parade
The Nation's largest Flag Day Parade took place Sunday, right here in the Capital Region. Our Maria Valvanis has more on the yearly event, that almost didn't take place.
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"It means everything to us. Honor, commitment, semper fidelis," said Joseph Janovick, a Marine.
Thousands of people lined the streets Sunday, to recognize those who have fought for our country, at Troy's 45th annual Flag Day Parade.
"This flag is most honored when we work the opportunities and freedoms for which our veterans fought," said Rep. Paul Tonko.
"It's beautiful, we love it, we come every year to see it," said Pat Danaher of Troy.
This year, new attractions joined the march down the two mile course. From young Marines, to dancing queens, there was enough excitement to keep all ages entertained.
"It brings thousands of people to downtown Troy, but what's really important is, that people take the time to honor the flag and what it stands for," said Troy Mayor, Lou Rosamilia.
However, the highly anticipated day almost didn't take place this year. State funding was cut, leaving the $30,000 event in jeopardy.
"I don't find this stuff out until April 1, when the budget is signed, and then they call us and say the money isn't there. And then I have a month and a half to get everything together," said Ed Manny, Troy Flag Day Parade President.
With a community effort, that is exactly what happened. One hundred percent of the funds for this years parade was raised.
"It was a short span of time, but people realize how important it is for the country, and people just want to help, people want to be here," said Rosamilia.
"There's a lot of spirit in the parade, there's just a lot of coming together, and this flag I believe, stands for community. Where everyone is welcome, and everyone works together, that's where were at our strongest," said Tonko.