On February 29, 2012, The President and First Lady held a Special State Dinner.  The following pictures, transcripts and videos convey our Gratitude. 


      A  NATION’S  GRATITUDE  DINNER 
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enter the 
East Room at the beginning of the formal A Nation’s Gratitude 
Dinner on Wednesday evening. The President and First Lady
welcomed more than 200 guests to the White House for the black-tie
affair, honoring members of the Armed Forces who served in Iraq.
Joining the President’s table:  CW4 Nelson A. Visaya, from Hawaii 
(left of the President); Gunnery Sergeant Deverson Lochard from Silver Spring, MD (right of the President); Petty Officer Third Class (HM3), Max R. Rohn from Longmont, CO; Master Sergeant Jeremy D. Coombs, Master Sergeant Jessica R. Coombs and 1st LT Paul S. Gonzalez.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nelson A. Visaya, from Hawaii, talks to a reporter about attending a White House dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Obama to express the nation’s gratitude to, and recognize the significant contributions of, the men and women in uniform who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation New Dawn, and the families who supported them. CW4 Nelson A. Visaya – VIDEO
A Nation’s Gratitude Dinner, hosted in the East Room was an
All-American menu for the veterans, who represented every branch
and rank of military service and every state in the union and the
territories, starred Dry-Aged Rib Eye entree with Bearnaise sauce,
 atop a bed of Spinach, accompanied by Yukon Gold Potato Croquettes.
The dinner started with a Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes with Baby
Mozzarella, and finished with a Chocolate Crème Brûlée with Brownie
and Mini-Chocolate Malted.  The American wines served were from
California.
The First Lady was joined at her table  by Gold Star family Kim Felts(seated to left of Mrs. Obama) and her children, Rebekah, 19, and
Thomas, Jr., 15.  Their father and Mrs. Felts’ husband, Army Colonel Thomas Felts, Sr. was killed in Iraq on November 14, 2006.
“In one of our nation’s longest wars, you wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in American military history…”

Thank You! 
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador
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