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    First Family serves residents on Thanksgiving eve

    First Family serves residents on Thanksgiving eve

    Photo By Rebecca Newton | President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha Obama served dinner to...... read more read more



    Story by Rebecca Newton 

    Armed Forces Retirement Home

    After President Barack Obama pardoned Tater and Tot, the final two turkeys of his presidency, he had another engagement to attend.
    The Obama family, including the First Lady and daughter, Sasha, as well as members of Mrs. Obama’s family; arrived at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington, where they were greeted by COO, Dr. Tim Kangas and Executive Officer Charles Hollings.

    The First Family has a tradition of volunteering. Last year, on Thanksgiving eve, they served homeless veterans. This year, AFRH-W residents (who all served in the military) were humbled by the Presidential visit during their dinner. Resident Catherine Deitch, who served in the Army during WWII said, “It’s such a thrill to see President Obama. I’ll relive this memory when I’m alone in my room!”

    AFRH-W is home to over four hundred veterans. Staff and residents welcomed the Obamas with warm Thanksgiving greetings.
    The President rolled up his sleeves, and spent over an hour serving up hearty portions of turkey, and taking the time to thank each resident for their service. Residents also enjoyed sides of dressing and sweet potatoes served by the rest of the family.

    After their departure, residents were all a buzz of how gracious they were to have met a sitting president in their lifetime. “It was a once in a lifetime experience!,” said Vietnam vet Ernest Janes.

    Located on a 273-acre campus less than five miles from the White House, AFRH-W holds a unique place in American History. President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln (who proclaimed Thanksgiving a holiday) penned the Emancipation Proclamation, sits on the grounds of the Home.

    Since the 1800’s the organization has provided supportive care and shared camaraderie to eligible veterans, at two locations: Washington, DC and Gulfport, Miss. More information is available at



    Date Taken: 11.23.2016
    Date Posted: 12.02.2016 10:00
    Story ID: 216234
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US

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