Miss America 2012 supports nation’s heroes at The Annual Army Birthday Ball in Long Beach
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler met former soldier and actor J.R. Martinez, “Dancing With The Stars” champ, who gave an emotional message to those gathered at The Annual Army Birthday Ball this weekend in Long Beach. “My scars were my new uniform, my words were now my new weapon,” he said as civilians and soldiers sat side by side for a celebration of their service.
Those who recently returned from Afghanistan say it’s something they’ll never forget.
“Being part of something that’s larger than yourself, you have to work together as a team in order to get things accomplished,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jose Ramirez.
For the 200 soldiers in attendance, it was the chance to celebrate with the brass and celebrities. All costs were covered by donations from the public.
About the Miss America Pageant
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
- Photos courtesy of the Miss America Organization
View Miss America pageant results for the January 2012 pageant