"We may not be unique from other communities in Fairfax County, but we come close in the way we carry out our volunteer activism and that makes us special... We're just so impressed with all of you," said Cook.
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) echoed Cook's comments about the importance of acknowledging people in the community who help make a difference where they live.
"[Volunteerism is] what makes our country and our county great and it's something we take for granted. Thank you for the work that you do," said Connolly.
Local officials in attendance to help hand out the awards in addition to Cook and Connolly included: Del. David Bulova (D-37th), Del. Eileen-Filler Corn (D-41st),
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37th) and Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34th).
Prior to the awards ceremony, residents enjoyed food provided by Red, Hot, and Blue and cake as part of the Braddock District annual picnic.