Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, attended their second USO-affiliated event in as many months Saturday when they dropped in on a barbecue in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
USO Hawaii hosted the event where the Bidens mingled with approximately 500 troops and family members. The Bidens addressed the assembled guests and talked about their personal connection to the military through their son Beau Biden, who is a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.
Due to security, guests had to arrive several hours early. However, the USO had plenty of activities for the kids in attendance to pass the time, including face painters, music, a hula school performance and bounce houses.
“The USO is such a great organization,” Dr. Biden told the crowd, according to the Armed Forces Press Service. “I’ve worked with them many times, and they do really wonderful things.”
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The attack on Pearl Harbor was – in many ways – the impetus for the formation of the United Service Organizations, or USO. Chartered by Congress in response to a request from President Roosevelt to provide for the morale and welfare of the Troops, the USO brought together six other charities in 1941 for that single purpose. The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board joined forces in 1941 under the leadership of Thomas Dewey and raised $16 million that first year.
In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans rallied their support behind our men and women in uniform as they never had before. The USO took up that cause and continues to this day to provide for the morale and welfare of Troops serving here and abroad, in wartime and peace, active duty and reserve, until every one comes home.
We take this day to honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. In the spirit of all those who served, we’d also like to share with you some rarely seen photographs from USO’s in the 1940s. We hope you take a moment to reflect upon these images and honor all those who have served.
Some other great websites that include history and photographs from that time:
And don’t miss a special blog posting from On the Frontlines, the blog of ON★PATROL Magazine, later this afternoon.