American Legion celebrates their100th Anniversary at Rose Parade
January 10, 2019


If Nicole Clapp had a bucket list, the opportunity to ride on a float in the Rose Parade would not have even be a consideration to make that wish list. The American Legion is celebrating their 100th Anniversary, and what better way to "kick-off" the yearlong celebration than to have their first ever float in the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA on New Year's Day. Since, Nicole is serving as the National Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was invited to participate in these historic festivities. The trip for Nicole and her mom, Jeanne Paustian, began with flight to Pasadena to decorate the beautiful patriotic golden eagle masterpiece; attend a Black-Tie New Year's Gala, and yes, even cheer for the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Rose Bowl game.

Alongside Nicole on the float were The American Legion National Commander, National President of the American Legion Auxiliary, National Commander of the Sons of The American Legion, in addition to youth champions of The American Legion programs, including an Olympic Gold Medalist in rifle shooting. Getting to share this experience with Four Medal of Honor Recipients, representing WWII to the present-day War on Terror was so very humbling, according to Clapp. "The words that come to mind regarding the Rose Parade experience were awe-inspiring and a heartful sense of true patriotism." The chants of "thank you for what you do," "USA-USA", and "thank you for your service" were echoed countless times along the 5.5-mile 2-hour parade route. The float shot fireworks and confetti entertaining the 700,000 parade spectators, along with 50 million viewers on TV. "The multitude of people that approached us about what our organizations do definitely accomplished the goal of increased awareness both, nationally and internationally. I have to admit, seeing our float on the front page of the Los Angeles Times was one of my proudest American Legion Auxiliary moments. I believe we witnessed Americans at their very best, and hope they too, want to become members of our great organization," shared Clapp. If you missed seeing Nikki smiling and waving you can watch a YouTube video from Fox 10 Phoenix entitled ROSE PARADE 2019: Annual Tradition In Pasadena, California at the 8:35 minute mark of the following link .


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