Updated 05/28/2012 08:13 AM
Operation Patriot Hosts 3rd Annual Trot w/ Troops
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Operation Patriot Foundation gave the community to a chance to support the troops loud and proud. The local non-profit held its third annual Trot With Troops in Rochester Sunday.
"We don't have to wait for something tragic to occur to find patriotism in something that should be observed on a daily basis," said Operation Patriot Vice President Jose Torres.
"I'm a veteran myself and it's one of the things as a Patriot Guard rider, it's the right thing to do," said Patriot Guard Ride Captain Forrest Rosell.
It's an event about honor, support and respect.
"The energy that's driven the power, the voices and the cadence. You want to be a part of it," said Torres.
Barb Fisher is one of dozens who signed up to Trot with Troops this Memorial Day weekend.
"My son is in the Air Force. He's done two deployments to Afghanistan. He just returned a couple of months ago and my son-in law is in the Army. He's done a deployment to Afghanistan and to Iraq and he's getting ready to deploy again to Afghanistan in September," said Fisher. "So obviously this has special meaning to me to do this today."
The event raises money to help support vets navigating through Veterans Court.
After three years, Trot with Troops expanded this year holding trots in Buffalo and New York City.
"It seems fitting to do one in Buffalo considering that's where Veterans Court started," said Torres. "On top of that pushing along to New York City June 3rd the following Sunday and helping out the IAV: the Iraqi Afghanistan Veterans of America."
The cadence of the Army, Navy, and Marines could be heard around the Genesee River, as community members also fell into formation, while saluting and supporting the men and women of the military this holiday weekend.
YNN and its parent company, Time Warner Cable, are proud sponsors of the event.
Operation Patriot Foundation