First lady Michelle Obama (left) joins host, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as the National Anthem plays during a gathering April 9, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The first lady visited the Pentagon and thanked the military personnel and civilian employees serving at the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle)
First lady Michelle Obama visited the Pentagon April 9 to thank military members, their families and civilians for their ongoing sacrifices in service to the nation.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates introduced Mrs. Obama, who emerged before hundreds of spectators in the Pentagon courtyard.
"She understands the men and women in uniform and their families represent our nation's greatest military asset," Secretary Gates said.
A vocal champion of military children and wounded warriors, Mrs. Obama cited April as Month of the Military Child. Later, she met with wounded warriors to thank them for their service.
"Military children are the mightiest of our service, trying to stay strong while mom or dad is a world away," Mrs. Obama said. "I've also been inspired beyond measure by our incredible wounded warriors and their families. We have to take care of these American heroes who take such good care of all of us."
Courtesy: Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle
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