Red, White and You Winners
The RED, WHITE AND YOU contest received more than 3,500 entries from Americans nationwide sharing moving stories of why their towns deserve an all-American celebration. Below is a list of the actual submissions for the two grand prize winning towns as well as the runners-up, which will be awarded $1,000 each to be used toward one of the following local organizations: Parks and Recreation Department, YMCA/YWCA or Habitat for Humanity:
GRAND PRIZE–WINNING SUBMISSIONS
Fayetteville, NC – Nominated by Jeff Wells
Due to governmental budget cuts, there will be no post fireworks for Fort Bragg. Our post is home to more Army tradition than any other installation, has produced the most Medal of Honor recipients, and is seen as the center of the Army Universe. To not have a fireworks display on our nation’s day of independence for those who have fought to secure our freedom is not only a morale-degrading scenario but also a shame to those who have sacrificed so much. As an Army leader, I believe a fireworks event celebrating all that Soldiers fight for would not just boost morale but also let them know that, despite our difficult fiscal times, they are not forgotten and still have the support of those they fight to protect.
Union Beach, NJ – Nominated by Robert LaBerta
I’m a humble 37-year resident of a small NJ town. During Superstorm Sandy, 90% of our town was flooded and many homes destroyed. The residents of my small town came together to not only rebuild but save each other emotionally. I had the honor of being the Union Beach Fire Department Chief during Sandy. There were incredible acts of valor and courage not only by our emergency services but also by our residents. Many of those in neck-deep water saving whoever they could however they could. Our town will rebuild, displaced residents will come back, and we will prevail. Please consider having this great event in our small town of Union Beach. It would bring back a sense of normal life to our community and celebrate our determination and pride after Sandy. Thank you for your attention.