The First Lady speaking to the military children, "you are all so brave, you have to adjust to new schools, new homes...we are so proud of you and we are grateful for your sacrifice."
Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
MilitaryOneClick founder, Jennifer Pilcher and Jeanne Saum, photographer attended the 2012 White House Holiday decorations debut honoring our military and their families. The First Lady was introduced by military spouse, Jennifer Cole, who is also fulfilling a dream of being a holiday White House volunteer. Mrs. Cole along with 85 volunteers from around the country transformed The White House into the 2012 theme, "Joy to All." In the East Room, Mrs. Obama welcomed military families and veterans from each service stating, "our military families represent the best our country has to offer." The First Lady took time to specifically welcome the front rows of military children and tell them, "you are all so brave, you have to adjust to new schools, new homes...we are so proud of you and we are grateful for your sacrifice."
Mrs. Obama shared with everyone the significance of the military holiday decorations stating, "the very first tree everyone sees when entering The White House is decorated by and for the military." The tree is decorated with special Gold Star ornaments and for every Gold Star family member who visits The White House this season can write their loved ones name on the star and hang it on the tree. Meanwhile, the estimated 90,000 visitors from around the world touring The White House "Joy to All" celebration will be able to fill out an honor card providing a holiday message of thanks to our troops. The First Lady announced that her favorite tree out of the 54 trees on display, is the official White House tree in the Blue Room. This stunning 19 ft Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina pays tribute to our military and their families for their courageous service. The tree is trimmed with ornaments decorated by children living on U.S. Military bases all over the world and fitted with a tree skirt hand sewn by The White House seamstress with zippers along the edge signifying "Joining Forces."
The First Lady invited all the military children to join her in the State Dining room for holiday crafts and cookie decorating with the Executive Chef, Bill Yosses. Mrs. Obama also surprised everyone with bringing Bo out to meet all the military children. MilitaryOneClick spoke with Chef Yosses who shared some secrets about the 300 pound gingerbread White House. Yosses said, the gingerbread White House was created using just 4 different ingredients and the columns were made with white chocolate mixed with flour to create the marbled look, mirroring the official columns on The White House prior to 1798. Chef Yosses explained the detailed furniture inside of the gingerbread house were made out of marzipan and the real lighting inside was created by The White House electricians, making sure the chandeliers truly sparkled. Pilcher also spoke with Jennifer Cole, an Air Force military spouse about introducing the First Lady. Cole commented, "The First Lady was so gracious and down to earth. She made me relax... I didn't feel nervous talking with her." When asked about the hardest part of being a military spouse, Cole responded, "packing up your life, finding a new Church, new friends, new job and starting all over again." Another military spouse holiday volunteer, Nellie Funk from Ft. Lewis said she decided to apply after watching the HGTV White House Christmas special. Funk said, "I applied in July and I was accepted in September. I am having so much fun meeting other military spouses, military moms and Gold Star family members from around the country." Mrs. Obama concluded her remarks with saying, "this year's White House decorations are one big, huge thank you to our military and their families."
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