TROY, N.Y. -- A Collar City tradition continues as the Flag Day Parade celebrates its 47th year.
Boasted as the largest flag day celebration in the country, the event showcases veterans, marching bands, and dozens of floats. But one float nearly missed the parade after being destroyed by vandals. They tore the Uncle Sam Pageant float apart, threw sand all over it, and cut electrical wires.
"It became more real when we actually saw it and that was hard, seeing it. It was worse than I expected," said Serena Solomon, 2013-2014 Miss Uncle Sam.
"It was about three thousand dollars," said Alta Reynolds, Uncle Sam Pageant Director.
A price that seemed impossible to pay, until an anonymous local man donated the money, with the new funds, some hard work and a bit of patriotic spirit, the float was back and better than ever.
"They had to make all new chairs, a new back, a new miss Uncle Sam float sign, and they papered everything. We finished it, my sons and I, at 4:30 this morning," said Reynolds. "Everybody's happy and I'm happy now."