November 11th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
12 years ago

First lady's Veterans Day surprise

(CNN) – Some 200 service men and women stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany were greeted by a surprise server at a Veterans Day meal Thursday – first lady Michelle Obama.

"We are so grateful to all of you," she told the troops and their families. "Not just our service men and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."

Mrs. Obama talked with the troops as she helped serve a meal of steaks, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, corn on the cob, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie. She worked the room giving out hand shakes, hugs and chatted with troops and their families after she was finished serving.

The first lady also visited wounded troops recovering at nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Obama also met with her German counterpart Bettina Wulff, during her brief time in Germany. She made the stop as she headed home ahead of her husband from a trip to Asia.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What a wonderful FLOTUS. She loves the military and she makes me proud to be a veteran.

    November 11, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A true class act our FLOTUS!!!

    November 11, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Veterans day is always special in my heart, but this year it's especially sad, my brother who was a decorated Vietnam Veteran is no long with us and tomorrow is his birthday. God bless and give thanks to all our military men/women and their families that they never be forgotten.

    November 11, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Peggy - TX

    First lady Michelle Obama is an inspiration and I appreciate her that the many good works she does. She is also elegant and represents the US wonderfully.

    Thankyou Machelle.

    November 11, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. PaDoc

    I’m sure there will be those who will scowl; but, like it or not, the Obamas are the quintessential American family and a wonderful example as our First Family. They are gracious and kind, sympathetic and loving. Remember that they both come from true grass roots backgrounds. Barack, raised by a single Mom and his grandparents; and, Michelle comes from a blue collar family. Her father was ill and worked regardless of his pain and infirmity. They’re a wholesome model for every American family. God Bless them, and God Bless America! – Doc’, Viet Nam, Class of 1970. Here’s a shout out to all of my brothers and sisters in arms, past present and future.

    November 11, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. joseph

    I may not always agree with her husbands policies and approaches to fixing some issues we have but tis lady is a class act.

    November 11, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |