Thursday, September 12, 2013
At the Naval Observatory, a tribute to "incredible men and women"...
Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Wednesday evening, the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, welcomed Wounded Warriors and their families from Walter Reed, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Meade to the Naval Observatory for a barbecue. (Above, the Vice President watches First Lieutenant Jason Church as he hits a birdieball on the lawn of the residence)
Dinner was held indoors at the residence, and the Vice President joined the veterans for games on the lawn. Dr. Biden wrote about the event on the White House blog, in a post published on Thursday where she paid tribute to the veterans.
"I can think of no better way to commemorate the solemn anniversary of September 11, 2001 than by spending time with these incredible men and women who stepped up to serve our nation," Dr. Biden wrote. (Above, Dr. Biden at the dinner table with guests)
"As Joe said, their generation is 'the most remarkable in the history of this country.' I could not agree more," Dr. Biden continued.
"Since September 11, 2001, more than 3.5 million men and women have volunteered to serve in the military, including more than a third who have deployed multiple times. Less than one percent of the American population has served. But the other 99 percent of us owe them, and their families. As Joe said, our "admiration for you is beyond my ability to express."
Dr. Biden co-chairs the Joining Forces campaign to support and honor military families. The Bidens have two sons in the armed forces: Beau Biden is in the Coast Guard, and Hunter Biden is an ensign in the Navy.
*Photos by David Lienemann/White House