[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/11/art.flotus.jpg caption="First Lady Michelle Obama joined over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Day of Service."]Washington (CNN)– First Lady Michelle Obama joined over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Day of Service at a retirement home for veterans and their families.
Mrs. Obama was joined by Marie Tillman, widow of former NFL star-turned soldier Pat Tillman, students from George Washington University, and senior volunteers to help paint Vinson Hall in McLean, Virginia.
The First Lady greeted volunteers and posed for photos but then got to work painting a loading dock along-side several students. She spent about 15 minutes putting a coat of white paint on a wall and then meticulously painting a pipe with bright orange paint. After the painting was finished, she sat with some of the seniors from the community and chatted about topics from painting to the weather and even issuing an invitation to come see the Rose Garden at the White House.
Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama was joined by former First Lady Laura Bush as the keynote speakers at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed nine years ago.