Today New York City held a ticker-tape parade for our Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. Glenda Willis of Brooklyn was there, holding this sign for Staff Sergeant Danell Willis, her son and a huge Giants fan. He’s on his second tour of combat duty – one in Iraq, followed by another in Afghanistan. She had told him she’d be there if he couldn’t.
I promised him before we won the first one, I said, when we win the Super Bowl, I’ll take your picture down to Manhattan, just to the parade so that you can be there, a part of it.
Although she wasn’t there to make a point about a celebration for U.S. troops coming home from Iraq, Willis told me the city should hold a parade for them, too. For her, it’s a matter of appreciation and compassion. Tonight on the show, we’re expecting New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has been pushing for a welcome home parade.