Sponsored

Search This Blog

Brian Luke Community Blogger, WGRZ-TV

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Family Matters Blog: Dr. Biden Welcomes Guard Children


By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 - I woke up to a torrential downpour today, but even the rain, and tornado warnings, couldn't dampen my enthusiasm about the day's events. I was heading to the vice president's residence in Washington, D.C., to attend a special holiday event.

Click photo for screen-resolution image
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, makes greeting cards for wounded and deployed soldiers with children at a special holiday event at the vice president's residence on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory, Dec. 1, 2010. Of the 50 children Dr. Biden hosted, about 25 were from local National Guard families. DOD photo by Linda Hosek

(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was hosting about 50 children, including 25 from local National Guard families, at the U.S. Naval Observatory. The day's itinerary included ornament and cookie decorating and letter-writing to deployed and wounded warriors.

I was in awe when I first walked into the Biden home. The large foyer already was adorned for the holiday season with dozens of lit candles, garland and wreaths decorated with gold, silver and pale green ornaments. Two soldiers in dark blue dress uniforms sang carols while a third accompanied them on the piano.

Dr. Biden, festive in a sleeveless red dress, walked in with a wave and a smile at the press, then took her place by the front door. The children filed in and she greeted each with a handshake or hug and welcoming words.

To one boy sharply dressed in a suit: "Look at you. Woo-hoo!" she said with a smile.

The children crowded into the living room dominated by a 12-foot Christmas tree adorned mostly in red. Dr. Biden talked to the children about how excited she was to move into this residence and decorate it in the Bidens' style. "We like a lot of color," she said.

But her favorite part of living there, Dr. Biden said, is having the opportunity to invite guests over. She then invited two of those guests to the front of the room: Sheila Casey, wife of Army Chief of Staff Army Gen. George Casey, and Cheryl McKinley, wife of Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Mrs. McKinley took time to explain what the National Guard's mission is to the students who weren't aware. "We really appreciate you all supporting moms and dads and families," she told the children.

Dr. Biden showed the children a framed picture of her son, an Army captain in the Delaware National Guard, with his own son in his arms. "This is when he got back from Iraq," she said.

She then asked the National Guard children if they had a parent deployed. Most of the children knew of someone who was or is deployed, whether a parent, uncle or family friend. "I know how hard it was for us as a family to have a son deployed," she said.

As the children dispersed to the activity stations, Dr. Biden stayed in the living room to write letters to deployed troops and wounded warriors. She sat on the floor alongside the children, red dress and all, and crafted a green holiday card. She stuck red ornament stickers on the front, along with a hand-drawn Christmas tree, and inside the card she wrote, "Thank you for your service to our country. Come home safely. Love, Jill Biden XO."

One girl named Blessing, who sat next to Dr. Biden, wrote, "Thank you for your service. You risk your life every day so I can live in peace."

"I can just imagine my son, when he was in Iraq, getting a card," Dr. Biden later told me. "It would mean a lot.

"It meant a lot to me that these children are focused on men and women overseas and want them to come home safely," she added.

After her card was complete, Dr. Biden moved on to the solarium where children were writing a wish for the nation in 2011 on red paper reindeer ornaments. These ornaments were then hung on the "peace" tree in the corner, which was decorated with white doves.

After a short caroling session, Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to the foyer and greeted the children with some handshakes and even a fist pump before posing for some pictures with Dr. Biden and the children.

The children, I noticed, were walking around in awe. "I found out yesterday that I'd get two treats: one, I get to go to the vice president's house; and two, I get to skip school," said Kate Roberts, daughter of Air National Guard Lt. Col. Andrew Roberts and his wife, Debbie. "This is really cool."

Ethan McDonald, son of Army National Guard Master Sgt. Marty McDonald and wife, Trish, told me that he found out about the event a few days ago. "I really enjoyed this," he said.

Ethan said decorating cards for servicemembers was the highlight of the day for him. "I couldn't wish any more than your safe return," he wrote in his card.

Today, the children gained lifelong memories, Mrs. Casey noted after the event. "This is fabulous," she told me. "I'm sure they'll talk about this for a long time to come."

Dr. Biden later told me that she was impressed by the sincerity of the children's thoughts and messages to servicemembers. "The children said so many heartwarming things," she said, such as "thank you for keeping me safe" and "thank you for taking care of us."

"It touched my heart," Dr. Biden said.

No comments:

Advertiser

NETC LRC News and Information

Advertiser

Technology Headlines

The TSA Blog

FEMA Blog

White House.gov Video Feed

NYSDOT Recent Press Releases

Indian Point Press Releases

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant EAS Messages

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

New York State-Wide RSS

Department of Homeland Security News

Department of Homeland Security Podcasts

Erie County RSS Feed

Erie County Emergency Management

The Weather Channel: Your Local Weather Outlook--Niagara Falls, NY (14304)

FEMA: New York Federal Disaster Declarations

Niagara County RSS Feed

National Weather Service

Albany County RSS Feed

Allegany County RSS Feed

Bronx County RSS Feed

Broome County RSS Feed

Cattaraugus County RSS Feed

Chemung County RSS Feed

Cayuga County RSS Feed

Ontario County RSS Feed

Warren County RSS Feed

City of Toronto News Releases

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Recalls and Product Safety News

Center for Missing & Exploited Children: NY Missing

Lead Photos - U.S. Dept. of Defense

CBP.gov: Alert - Maritime - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Contract - U.S. Dept. of Defense

Speech - U.S. Dept. of Defense

Transcript - U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Grill Sergeants

FBI Extra

NASA Breaking News

NASA Ames Research Center News and Features

NASACast Video

USGS Earthquake ShakeMaps

City of Toronto news releases, Emergency Medical Services

City of Toronto news releases, Fire Services

Speeches

Advertiser

City of Toronto news releases, Fire Services

Visitor Snapshot

Royalty Free Music.com News

RoyaltyFreeMusic.com Music Reviews

Automobile RSS Feed

Speed and Accuracy Statement

The information you find here is in the form of raw data, usually delivered via RSS feeds. The information is delivered via website in the most rapid manner possible. Usually this is the manner of delivery of information to media. Therefore, this service gets the audience information to the public more rapidly then any media outlet that has to re-write the information for their email club or SMS feeds.

In some cases, cases, from time to time, updates and correctons are offered by the authors of this information, Motioncenter.info is not responisble for the content of RSS feeds, press releases, or any other content. The content of the information presented is the responsiblity of the producer of the content.

There are many reasons for presenting the information as the page does. The public really never has had a view of the raw data before now. Most cases we see news packaged, polished and prioritized. This blog network offers a wide audience a variety of news, some of it is produced by Motioncenter and some by the government or other sources.

Read what you like, ignore what doesn't interest you, but at least Motioncenter doesn;t tell you what the news is, you choose.

Material Connection Disclosure

You should assume that the owner of this website has an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the providers of goods and services mentioned on this site and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. You should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the internet or offline. THIS IS A BLOG. A NON-COMMERCIAL WEBPAGE At no time does commerce transact on this site. If it had then it would require a Secure Sockets Layer certificate and a merchant account. Being a non-commercial site there are some licensing privledges that this site will participate in. Mystuffnow is an online radio station broadcasting twenty four hours daily. This station can be bet described as a hybrid format of adult contemporary, international and ad popular music. In a sense it may, be compared to compared random radio format, but mystuffnow has three dedicated day parts. These day parts include a morning, evening and overnight separate music selection. The morning and afternoon have a selection of classic rock and current hot hits. To make the station more unique a new track, or tracks from the overnight day part have been added to make the station stand out from traditional stations that broadcast locally. The overnight day part is called “After Hours” and mimics the general principals of a quiet storm programming style where as there are fewer commercials and the music is more adult in nature, not just in lyrics but the music is more unique, offering international and slower tracks. This is meant for relaxation or whatever you may be doing in the late night hours. This station is run by computerized traffic software. At any moment a live deejay can broadcast and a morning show or news programming is possible, all playlists are run automatically. One positive of this is the fact that the software ensures that all artists get paid their royalties and this station avoids any fines for digital media issues. Update: Mystuffnow is currently off the air.

No Endorsement Statement

No endorsement is implied nor should it be inferred. No government agency, or organization has endorsed Motioncenter.Info. Motioncenter.info is a media organization with a mission of offering unbiased information as it becomes available, without any form of bias.

Privacy Policy

This is a website run by Group Speeddog Results Marketing, L.L.C... We take our readers privacy very seriously. Promotions through Third Party Merchants While this site is not endorsed or owned by any of the third party merchants appearing on this site, this site may at times receive various types of compensation when a viewer makes a purchase or clicks on a link appearing on this site. This site is not responsible for any claims or warranties associated with any third-party merchant link or website. This site does not directly collect any information regarding its viewers without your prior knowledge and permission; nor does it share their information with third-party vendors or merchants . It is not now, nor ever will be, our practice to sell your information to any third-party under any circumstance. We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Google Advertising Cookie and Privacy Policies What is the DoubleClick DART cookie? The DoubleClick DART cookie is used by Google in the ads served on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying AdSense ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a partner’s website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help better serve and manage ads on the publisher’s site(s) and across the web. *Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site. *Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. *Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.