2011 Miss America Pageant winner speaks at National American Legion Convention
The 93rd National Convention of the American Legion had an extraordinary convention in Minneapolis, MN this week that was topped off by a list of very special guest speakers that included President Barack Obama and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan.
Teresa addressed the crowd yesterday morning, immediately preceding The Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama who spoke to the largest gathering of veterans and families in the country. Scheduled appearances were also planned for Senator Al Franken, Representative Nancy Pelosi, and other notable ranking officials. Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, addressed the crowd, alongwith The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, retired U.S. Army General and Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.
Miss America thanked our brave servicemen and women for their courageous efforts and spoke on the importance of supporting our military and their families here at home. She also shared the history of the Miss America Organization’s commitment to the military throughout the decades, and our support of active duty service members and veterans continues just as strongly today. The crowd embraced Teresa and honored her with a standing ovation. Later, Teresa shook hands with President Obama and met with him backstage for photos and enjoyed a brief conversation.
Teresa participated in the National Commander’s Visitation Dinner last night where she met Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, inspiration for the movie, Rudy and had the honor of meeting our distinguished veterans.