Saturday, May 12, 2012
The fireworks are part of a celebration of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service.
According to N.E.C.O., those who receive the award are: "People who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of his/her ancestry and who dedicate themselves to creating a better world for us all."
UPDATE: According to N.E.C.O., the ceremony is full of "pageantry, grandeur and emotion." All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate: "Dancers in their native costume add to the international flavor of the celebration. A gala dinner in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island follows the moving ceremony. As a grand finale, a majestic fireworks display illuminates the sky and America’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty."
Photo courtesy of N.E.C.O.
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