(WASHINGTON) -- In an emotional moment on Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama told a gathering of mothers, grandmothers and spouses of U.S. service members at the White House that she understands some of them may be sad this Mother’s Day because they are mourning a loved one.
“All we can do is hug you and tell you that we are thinking and praying and working for you all.”
Not all of the guests for “Military Spouse Appreciate Day” at the White House have lost a loved one in military service, some of the family members have loved ones currently serving in the military.
Mrs. Obama told the families that they were invited over to the White House for tea because she hoped the invite could serve as a very small way to say thank you.
“Every day you deal with things that most of us can only imagine,” the first lady said.
“Even if you’re not the ones wearing the uniform, every single one of you is serving our country and every single one of you deserves our support.”
The families enjoyed tea and snacks with Mrs. Obama as well as Dr. Jill Biden, who herself is a military mother and grandmother.
In her own remarks, Biden mentioned the military operation to kill Osama bin Laden. “The historic action in Pakistan reminds Americans of the courage military family members demonstrate on a daily basis.” She said the entire nation is proud of all the families.
“You are all heroes.”
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