JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Lady Michelle Obama stopped on the First Coast Thursday when she visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville to honor young women from military families.
The Jacksonville stop marks the second of two days of visits the First Lady is making to celebrate military families. While at NAS Jax, Michelle Obama spoke to high school junior and senior girls and their parents, thanking them and celebrating their service to the United States as members of a military family.
"I am thrilled to be here," Mrs. Obama said. "I want to thank our guests of honor, these amazing, beautiful, well-dressed, well put together young women we are celebrating here today."
Surprise guests such as Ellen Degeneres (via satellite) also speak to the military women.
The tour celebrates the first anniversary of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, who is Vice President Joe Biden's wife.
"You see, when we talk about how our men and women in uniform sacrifice so much and serve this country so bravely, we're not just talking about your parents," the First Lady said. "We're talking about all of you."
The initiative recognizes, honors and serves military families. The two-day tour anniversary celebration will highlight examples of organizations and companies that have made significant commitments to support military families.
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