Obama celebrates military families over Independence Day
Thursday, July 05, 2012, 3:36:15 PM
Families across the nation celebrated Independence Day yesterday, but it was a particularly special day for military families, a handful of whom attended a Fourth of July party on the White House lawn with the first family, ABC News reports.
President Obama welcomed service members and their families for a traditional Fourth of July cookout at the White House, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, face painting and music provided by country star Brad Paisley.
Obama took the opportunity to thank service members and their families for their sacrifices in keeping America the land of the free, the news outlet reports.
"You serve under our proud flag," he told his guests. "You and your families sacrifice more than most of us can ever know - all in defense of those God-given rights that were first put to paper 236 years ago: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So as your commander-in-chief - but also as an American - I want to invite all of you over to say one thing: Thank you."
The annual barbecue had perhaps more meaning this year, now that first lady Michelle Obama has embarked upon the Joining Forces initiative, her project with Dr. Jill Biden to create more support and resources for military spouses and families.
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