Posts Tagged ‘troops

11
Nov
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald applauds at left as President Barack Obama speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, during Veterans Day ceremonies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama, left, arrives to speak at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, during Veterans Day ceremonies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama is saluted by retired Navy Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan Jr. as he arrives to speak at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington

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First lady Michelle Obama applauds Capt. Capt. Rolana Brown of High Point, N.C., during a luncheon for military women, active-duty service members and veterans, spouses and caregivers, at the Vice President's official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Capt. Brown is commander of Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Eustis and appeared in the filming of "Women of Honor," a TV special that paid tribute to women of the military community. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

First Lady Michelle Obama applauds Capt. Capt. Rolana Brown of High Point, N.C., during a luncheon for military women, active-duty service members and veterans, spouses and caregivers, at the Vice President’s official residence at the Naval Observatory. Capt. Brown is commander of Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Eustis

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President Barack Obama listens to the National Anthem during Veterans Day ceremonies, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

11
Nov
15

A Veteran

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He served

He hugged the grandmother,
and mom and dad,
tears in his eyes
that he couldn’t let them see.
Looked over his shoulder
to remember their faces
set in time.
This time in his life
he would only understand
was extraordinary,
looking back.

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Honor and bravery
and, yes, to be a man
were why he signed up early,
why he went off
why he missed a bit of his youth
and journeyed to a far-off
war-time destination
he had never
heard much about
when he was younger.

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The in-between years
are not forgot
They enter in dreams
and memories he sometimes wished
he didn’t have.
He knows he’s not alone
in the recollections
yet only a small amount of comfort
has come from that,
has ever come from that.

It is what it is,
his mantra.
It is what it is.

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But now in the prime
of his older years
he wears a ballcap with the
name of his service on it
and the name of his war.
He remembers the conflict
and when he
remembers the grandmother
remembers mom and dad
he feels the honor
he thinks he brought them.

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The sting of yesterday’s tears
in his crinkly eyes come from
the love of country
the esprit de corps ~
the brothers and comrades
he left behind or
still meets for coffee
on a Wednesday morning
in his hometown.

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And when he and his brothers
talk over coffee
about the “free lunch” for veterans
they’re serving at the
VFW, in a few hours,
he turns to them
(those who, like he,
paid ahead such a high price
for that “free lunch” years ago)
and says,
“We should support that
for the new vets
who might really need it.”

He is what he is.

A veteran.

A man.

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03
Nov
15

The First Lady’s Day

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Straits Times: US First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Qatar; Makes Stop At United States Air Base In Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US air force base outside the United States Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour. “This isn’t an easy post; you guys are doing the tough work,” she told the assembled servicemen and women at Al-Udeid base, the forward headquarters for the US Central Command outside the Qatari capital. Obama is in Qatar as part of a seven-day regional tour during which she is expected to focus on the issue of “cultural beliefs” obstructing girls’ education.

She is set to make a keynote speech at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha Wednesday, as part of her well-publicised efforts to promote girls’ education globally. In an email ahead of her trip, Obama wrote that 62 million girls across the globe are not going to school at all, urging support for the Let Girls Learn initiative that she launched with President Barack Obama earlier this year. Obama was accompanied by late-night talk show host Conan O’ Brien as part of the morale-boosting visit to troops. O’Brien, whose Conan programme airs on TBS cable television, put on a show for the troops, part of which will be broadcast later this year.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meeting with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in Doha

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In this photo made available by the Qatar News Agency, QNA, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Qatar Government/QNA via AP)

First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) is introduced to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

First Lady Michelle Obama is introduced by Conan O’Brien to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama claps as she visits U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the military at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Photo by Amanda Lucidon

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she visits Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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Instagram: When you’re on a base and #FLOTUS asks you to drop and give her fifty, you give her fifty of your @TeamCoco best. -Conan #MissionConan #JoiningForces

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Oct
15

A Tweet Or Two

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*SNORT*

04
Sep
15

A Record Breaking 66 Months Of Job Creation. Thanks, President Obama!

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Thank you, First Lady Michelle Obama for Joining Forces

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21
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama waves to staff and journalists as he departs the White House

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 116th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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President Barack Obama arrives to John. F. Kennedy airport in New York, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Obama is in New York for a taping of "The Daily Show" and a private fundraiser. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he leaves John. F. Kennedy airport in New York, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Obama is in New York for a taping of "The Daily Show" and a private fundraiser. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Pete Souza: President Obama talks with Jon Stewart between segments of The Daily Show.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in New York July 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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17
Jul
15

A Trailblazer Meets The President

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles with Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, in the the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 17, 2015. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. She is visiting Washington, D.C., for her Honor Flight, provided by the Honor Flight Network. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

President Barack Obama smiles with Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, in the the Oval Office of the White House. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal

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CBS News: Obama Meets With Oldest U.S. Veteran

President Obama met with a 110-year-old woman believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran at the White House Friday. The president said it was a “great honor” to speak with Emma Didlake, a longtime Detroit resident and veteran of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. “It’s a great reminder of not only the sacrifices that the greatest generation made on our behalf but also the kind of trailblazing that our women veterans made,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “We are so grateful that she is here with us today.”

Known to family as “Big Mama,” Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she “wanted to do something different” and signed up for the WAAC in 1943, said her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne. She served stateside for about seven months during the war, as a private and driver. After she was discharged, she and her family moved to Detroit in 1944 – and she quickly joined the local NAACP chapter. She marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, and received a lifetime achievement award two years ago from the chapter.

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Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 17, 2015. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. She is visiting Washington, D.C., for her Honor Flight, provided by the Honor Flight Network. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, in the the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 17 2015. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. She is visiting Washington, D.C., for her Honor Flight, provided by the Honor Flight Network. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, in the the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 17, 2015. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. She is visiting Washington, D.C., for her Honor Flight, provided by the Honor Flight Network. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

16
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks from the Oval Office on the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, vowing to conduct a prompt and thorough probe of the shooting

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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015. Obama is the first sitting US President to visit a federal prison, in a push to reform one of the most expensive and crowded prison systems in the world. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks after touring the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma. President Obama is the first sitting US President to visit a federal prison, in a push to reform one of the most expensive and crowded prison systems in the world

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U.S. President Barack Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City July 16, 2015. With Obama are Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels (R) and correctional officer Ronald Warwick. Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.      REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, President Barack Obama will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City

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President Barack Obama is led on a tour by correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama speaks during a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick, Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)




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