(Image of Col. Kevin McAleese (left) pictured with Miss America 2009 Katie Stam. He is the Executive Director for the Miss Philadelphia Pageant and is now serving abroad in the EUCOM).
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Miss America 2009 Katie Stam had the honor to meet with our U.S. soldiers fighting abroad and thank them personally for their unwavering commitment and the personal sacrifices they have made for our country.
Last Friday, Katie was in Stuttgart, Germany to talk with high school and elementary school students, bringing her message on the importance of community service and involvement.
"They're really amazing people," Katie said of service members. "They've dedicated their lives to upholding the integrity of our nation, fighting for our freedom and putting their lives on the line."
During a visit to Patch Elementary School, the students welcomed Katie with a loud greeting: "We love you, Miss America."
Katie told the young students about her childhood dream of one day becoming Miss America. "With self-confidence and believing in yourself, dreams can be achieved," she said.
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