Local families not cancelling holiday plans due to ISIS threats

(NEWS10) – This holiday season is a fresh start for Katie Bruce and her 6-year-old daughter Addison.

Bruce is recently divorced, has a new place, and it’ll be just the two of them this Thanksgiving.

“I didn’t have the big group to cook for so I thought to myself what can I do that will still be memorable for her”, said Bruce.

So this year they are going to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

“I’m like a Macy’s parade junkie so she was really excited”, said Bruce.

Then she felt a bit of doubt after ISIS threats targeted the city.

“My first thought was you’ve got to be kidding me. I can’t bring my 6-year-old daughter down to New York when there are terrorist threats”, said Bruce.

Governor Cuomo says Homeland Security, the National Guard, Port Authority, and the MTA, have ALL increased patrols and surveillance. The NYPD is also working closely with the FBI.

“We are working around the clock to make sure that such things do not happen here in the United States”, said FBI Director James Comey.

It’s a weight lifted for Amy Mele and her daughter Annabella.

“Once in a lifetime”, said Mele.

They have waited years to afford a trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

“I said, Annabella this year we got the money were doing it. I mean it’s me and her,  we have to do this”, said Mele.

Bruce admits that she struggled with the decision until she realized she wasn’t going to let someone else scare her into staying home.

“You can’t live with that fear. We are going to enjoy the parade and our holiday and were going to make amazing memories”, said Bruce.


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