President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump issued a White House Christmas greeting thanking law enforcement and the military for their service to keep the United States free.
As IJR previously reported, the first family made honoring the military a major part of their Christmas celebration. President Trump made an impromptu appearance to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetary and Melania visited several military bases to greet the families of those who keep America safe.
Some of the decorations at the White House were even military-themed, according to the first lady.
In their annual Christmas greeting, the first family explained how the holiday season “brings out the best in the American spirit.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 25, 2018
“Melania and I are truly thrilled to wish every American a very Merry Christmas. During the Christmas season, we rejoice in God’s many blessings. We come together with family and friends to spread hope, love, compassion, cheer, and good will. We remember the events of one holy night more than 2,000 years ago. At this time of year, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This wonderful season brings out the best in the American spirit.
We see neighbors helping neighbors, and communities lifting up those who need a helping hand. We see citizens laying wreaths at the graves of our fallen heroes. We see children bringing joy to our senior citizens. And we see Americans of all ages caring for people in need. We reflect on the splendor of God’s creation and the sacred ties that bind us all together.”
The president and the first lady also took time to offer one final message of thanksgiving to the troops before the new year.
“This Christmas, we salute the brave men and women who serve our nation overseas. We send our love to the military families whose sacrifice helps keep our nation free. We give thanks to the law enforcement officers who protect our communities. And we pray for a future of peace on Earth.”
As IJR previously noted, the Trumps spent Christmas Eve making calls to children who were tracking Santa through NORAD’s annual search for Santa’s sleigh.