The USO – with huge assists from American Airlines and Joining Forces – helped make a terminally ill Marine’s wish come true this week, facilitating Lance Cpl. Christopher Fillion’s trip to the White House to meet President Barack Obama.
Here’s a look at the journey in photos (and here’s a story on how the trip came together):
Cedric the Entertainer performs on the South Lawn of the White House for a crowd of over 1,200 military families, July 4, 2010. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
We hope you’ve all cooled off from the hottest ticket of the summer: the Second Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert on the South Lawn of the White House! What a great time we had, as The Killers, Brandi Carlile, and Cedric “The Entertainer” took to the stage to show their support of our Troops.
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers had this to say about the concert: “It is a monumental honor for us to be a part of this 4th of July celebration at the White House. We could never repay the service men and women of this country for their contributions and sacrifice. To perform for them and their families on America’s birthday will be our pleasure. We’d also like to thank the USO for inviting us to be part of this awesome event.”
In case you missed out on the entertainment, we wanted to share some exclusive pictures from the event. And be sure to check out the video recap below of these great performances!
Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the festivities with his signature brand of humor, as military families looked on in laughter, July 4, 2010. (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Brandi Carlile performs an acoustic set with her band on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2010. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
The sun set over the South Lawn of the White House at The Killers took the stage in front of 1,200 military families, July 4, 2010. (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Lead singer Brandon Flowers leads The Killers as they perform a string of hits on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2010. (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes military families to a barbeque on the South Lawn of the White House as First Lady Michelle Obama also attends to celebrate Independence Day, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES)
We hope our military families had a great time at the 4th of July celebration at the White House this weekend! We were proud to present the Second Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert, featuring The Killers, Brandi Carlile, Cedric “The Entertainer,” and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed over 1,200 families and the First Lady also shared a special message for the American People. From WhiteHouse.gov: “The First Lady is asking 100 percent of Americans to support the brave men and women in uniform and their families back home. Here are some things you can do in your community to get started:
- Stay informed about the activities and concerns of military families in your community and across the nation;
- Take time out to get to know and express appreciation to military families;
- Help ensure military families have the opportunity to share their stories and voice their concerns in your community;
- Help ensure the places where you work, worship, and participate in community life connect their activities to addressing military families’ unique challenges; and
- Identify opportunities in your communities to tap into the unique skills, experience and commitment to service our military families display each day.”
Watch the video below and be sure to share these ways to show support for military families in your neighborhoods and towns!
NEW YORK -- A little girl talks to her father, Sgt. Jeff Gerbier, motor transportation operator, 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, as he rides a bus with the rest of the returning Marines to their Brooklyn headquarters. The Marines returned from their Iraq deployment, Nov. 25 just before the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)
From the White House Blog:
Supporting military families is a top Obama Administration priority. April is Month of the Military Child and gives the nation the opportunity to recognize the character, strength and sacrifices of America’s military children as well as the role they play in the armed forces community. Today, there are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18-years-old with a parent serving in the military and approximately 900,000 children and youth with one or both parents deployed multiple times. Learn more about the Month of the Military Child here.
Help us celebrate this important month by:
- Watching this video of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden talk about the important role military children play in the armed forces community
- Read the blog post “With You All the Way” from Trevor Romain, whose DVD of the same name will soon be available to help kids cope with deployments and homecomings
- Check out photos from the Family Care Package stuffing party, hosted by Dr. Biden
Thank you to all of the military families and children whose support of our Troops makes this country so great!