President-elect Obama Hosts Commander-in-Chief’s Ball
The countdown for the Presidential Inauguration has begun around the nation at the start of 2009. The Obamas have returned from Hawai'i to Chicago on Jan.1 to prepare for their move to Washington DC over the Jan.3rd weekend.
On Jan. 1, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC2009) has announced that President-elect Barack Obama will continue the tradition started in 2005 by President George W. Bush, by hosting the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural ball to honor the country’s active duty and reserve military. Other invited guests will include wounded warriors, Purple Heart recipients, families of fallen heroes, and spouses of deployed military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This decision also complements one of the future First Lady Michelle Obama's interests, who is poised to make veterans' affairs her top priority. In recent interviews with major media outlets, from 60 Minutes to Glamour Magazine, Mrs. Obama has hinted that she hopes to use her access and power to improve the state of affairs for military families and veterans.
“It is a privilege to honor our men and women in uniform during our inaugural festivities by continuing the tradition of the Commander in Chief’s Ball,“ said President-Elect Obama.
“Our troops represent the best America has to offer, and without their dedication and sacrifice we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we are coming together to celebrate on January 20th. They deserve our thanks and our gratitude. Michelle and I look forward to attending the Commander in Chief’s Ball and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces.“
The ball will be held at the National Building Museum on Jan. 20 evening , following President-Elect Obama’s swearing-in ceremony.
For military personnel, contact the the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC) for free tickets. This event is not open to the general public outside of the military services.
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