White House honors vets with holiday decor

WASHINGTON – A children’s winter wonderland, that’s the theme at the White House this year, but it’s definitely not just for kids.

There are toy trains underneath beautifully decorated trees. A gingerbread house built from 80 pounds of gingerbread dough. And the first dogs, Bo and Sunny, made of more than a mile of black and white satin ribbon.

“We are grateful to the volunteers. We are especially grateful to all of our service members, our veterans, their families, we are truly grateful,” said First Lady Michelle Obama, to a crowd of military families and veterans.

The White House has 26 public Christmas trees, the biggest one stands 18 feet high and 12 feet wide.

Some of the trees honor men and women who lost their lives serving our country – gold stars mark their sacrifice.

Mrs. Obama worked to spread cheer to veterans and their families, saying it’s their service that makes her thankful this year.

“We want to make sure you guys are honored and supported every single day. And that’s why once again we’re celebrating our military families with our holiday decorations here at the White House,” she said.

Mrs. Obama says more than 65 thousand people will visit this holiday season.

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