Holidays at the White House 2012: The Joining Forces Tree

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    The 2012 Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room.

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    A Joining Forces ornament hangs on the 2012 Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room.

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    The Joining Forces tree pays tribute to the troops, veterans, and military families this holiday season.

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This holiday season, the official White House Christmas tree honors our troops, veterans, and military families. Decorated with ornaments handmade by military children from U.S. bases all over the world, the Joining Forces tree stands 18-feet and 6-inches tall in the Blue Room. The tree represents what is best about America, and it reminds us how grateful we are for our service members’ courageous service. At the 2012 Holiday press preview, the First Lady called the Joining Forces tree one of her favorites in the White House:

This very special Joining Forces tree is covered with hand-decorated ornaments made by military children living in U.S. bases around the world.  We have spent months and months gathering these beautiful ornaments, and guests will be able to take the time and read the messages and hear from these kids directly as they tour the White House.

As a nation, we must serve these brave members of our American family as well as they have served this country. To join in the spirit of service and connect with members of our armed forces, veterans, and their families in your community, please visit:

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