In the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed service members, veterans, wounded warriors, and their families. Her remarks included words of appreciation and gratitude for those who have answered our nation’s call to service and their families for their unconditional support throughout all the transitions and challenges associated with military life.
During her remarks, the First Lady focused especially on the obstacles that military children can oftentimes face.
“They don’t know about your kids and all that you have to go through,” the First Lady said. “They don’t know that oftentimes military kids have to start at a new school every couple of years, which means a tough transition for some, although they do it so bravely.”
With various tributes throughout the White House honoring service members, veterans, wounded warriors, and their families, one tribute stood out in particular: the 18-foot official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room, decked in patriotic ornaments, and hand-decorated cards from children across the United States.
During their visit, military children were given the opportunity to decorate and take home salt dough ornaments, gingerbread men and women, and holiday cards, while their parents enjoyed hot cider and holiday cookies.
Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director of Joining Forces.