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Last week was one of celebration and remembrance. On Friday, the President announced that the remaining troops in Iraq will officially be coming home, bringing an end to the war in Iraq. As the President said, “Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq—tens of thousands of them—will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq—with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.”
On Sunday, October 16, tens of thousands of people came to the National Mall for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication. President Obama, joined by the First Family, toured the memorial and then spoke at the dedication ceremony in honor of Dr. King's work.
Gayle was one of 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) who gathered in the East Room of the White House to meet the President earlier this month. Check out her encouraging video to young women interested in science.
Join a White House American Jobs Act Call with Secretary Donovan.
Please RSVP here.
When: Thursday, October 27
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Dial In: (800) 398-9386
Passcode Title: White House Call with Secretary Donovan and Jon Carson
On Thursday, October 20, some wonderful women and men received awards and honors here at the White House. The President recognized the 13 recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian can receive. The same day, the White House honored 14 “Champions of Change” for their work to end Domestic Violence, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We also recognized October 20 as Spirit Day-- to honor the memory of young people who are victims of bullying and valiant supporters, as well as victims of domestic violence.
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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.