The ceremony’s speaker this year, CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, pointed out that this show of international respect and friendship between young people signifies a hope for the future.
“These young people lead us by our example. They reflect the optimism of youth. They represent our confidence that we will remain close as nations. And their youth reminds us of what’s at stake as we look to the future together, and the importance of carrying on these traditions of good neighbors for many decades and generations to come,” McAleenan said.