By Michelle Obama and Jill Biden - 05/24/11 10:52 PM EDT
On Memorial Day, we are asking our fellow citizens to honor the sacrifice of our fallen heroes by taking action to support our military families and veterans. As the force behind the force, military families support and sustain our troops, care for our wounded warriors and survive our fallen.
Our service members and their families protect our nation with pride and without complaint. They’re parents running their households and raising their children all alone while their spouses are deployed. They’re kids working hard in school, helping out at home and being brave while Mom or Dad is far away. They’re veterans who’ve served our country so heroically on the battlefield and have so much more to contribute here at home. They’re balancing caring for our wounded warriors with their own careers and responsibilities, and they are survivors who know all too well the high price troops pay to defend our freedom.
That is why we created Joining Forces, a national initiative to recognize, honor and support our military families. This is a cause that unites all Americans, and we look forward to working with communities, citizens, businesses, nonprofits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations and government to ensure military families have the support they have earned. We’re hoping that everyone will answer the call and do their part.
We are hoping all Americans will answer this call to action, because each one of us can do something. Whether it’s an offer to carpool or babysit, or taking the time to perform community service in honor of a military family – a simple act of appreciation can make a world of difference.
If we all work together, we can serve these extraordinary members of our American community as well as they have served us on Memorial Day and every day.
For more information on Joining Forces, go to www.joiningforces.gov.
Michelle Obama , wife of President Obama, is first lady of the United States of America. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is second lady of the United States of America.