This holiday season the White House is offering a special tribute to those who serve. According to Elaine Sanchez of American Forces Press Service in a report from Washington special arrangements have been made for this holidays season.
Among the White House's 37 Christmas trees scattered along the visitor tour route are two special Christmas trees intended to honor service members and their families.
Some of those cards are inspiring, Obama said, sharing one of the written messages. Five children in Medical Lake, Wash., wrote, "No matter how many Christmases our dad misses, he makes every Christmas special and we love him."The military families also toured holiday decorations in several of the White House's ornate rooms. A big attraction was the White House gingerbread house, which is made up of 400 pounds of gingerbread, white chocolate and marzipan. But Obama's dog, Bo, upstaged even the gingerbread house. Scattered throughout the tour route are five Bo topiaries made of various materials such as felt, buttons, pom-poms, candy, and even trash bags.
As the children did their crafts, they had the opportunity to compare the fake first dogs with the real deal when the first lady brought Bo to the State Dining Room for a visit.
The official White House Christmas tree ï¿½ a towering 18-foot balsam fir in the Blue Room ï¿½ is a salute to service members of all branches. The tree is decorated with holiday cards created by military children around the world; service medals, badges and patches; and military images adorned with pinecone frames and ribbons.
Ceramic gold star ornaments on a Gold Star Christmas tree serve as reminders of families of the fallen at the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2011. The tree, which is adorned with gold star ornaments and framed Purple Heart medals, graces the visitor's entrance on the East Wing landing. DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez