With Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and a number of celebrations upon us, itâ€™s quite easy to get too caught up in the abundance of parties, shopping and holiday traditions to think of just one more thing. That is, taking the time to remember military families this season.
Michelle Obama, our nationâ€™s First Lady, helps pave the way. This year, the White House is giving a special tribute to honor those who serve. In the spirit of gratitude and thanks for this holiday season, the First Lady invited a number of military families — including those of fallen soldiers — to the White House for a special visit. Military children were able to decorate holiday cookies, take an official tour, and even meet and play with Bo, the First Dog, in the State Dining Room.
Among all of the 37 Christmas trees on display at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there are two that specifically honor our nationâ€™s heroes, in addition to the official White House Tree. The lofty 18-foot balsam fir is decorated with holiday cards from children around the world in tribute to service members of all branches.
So what can we do to honor military families this year? Similar to the First Lady, letâ€™s invite service members, their spouses and children to our homes to share in all our special feasts and festivities that we normally hold with just our family and friends. Thatâ€™s right. Adopt a military family. Not sure of how to go about it? Contact any veteran organization in your local community and let them know youâ€™d like open up your home or volunteer your services to help a military family in need. Youâ€™ll be glad you did.