Mrs. Alignay Goes to Washington
It’s every child’s and adult’s dream – walking into a winter wonderland made out candy.
A Gumball Christmas tree (made from 4,000 real gumballs), a 500 pound Gingerbread House, a 6-foot Teddy Bear, a giant snow globe that is actually a gumball machine with white gumballs, hundreds of vintage nutcrackers – some of them so huge they almost reach the ceiling! This was the scene I got to experience in the State Dining Room of the White House this past Wednesday.
WGTS 91.9 was invited as a media outlet to be a part of the First Lady’s nationwide initiative Joining Forces, which highlights some of the unique challenges military families face. It was an honor to be given the green light to attend, along with our Print Media Editor, Lisa Krueger.
It wasn’t all glamorous, though! After standing in the rain for almost an hour, we were escorted into some narrow hallways that seemed off the typical tour route. Here, we saw all the leftover greenery, decorations, and lights. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who has a garage that looks like this!
Once we made it into the State Dining room, we were able to hear speeches given in honor of military families to help raise awareness about the service, sacrifice, and their greatest needs. We learned the THREE priority areas of need are: Employment, Education, and Wellness.
Afterwards, the First Lady invited some of the military children to come meet the First Dogs “Bo & Sunny.”
This is an experience I’ll never forget, but most importantly, will help me remember those that serve our country faithfully, and who can’t be home with their families during the holidays.
Here are some of the highlights:
There are a lot of different ways we all can be involved in rallying around our service members and their families. For some ideas, check out: https://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces