Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam Host Military Families at the Tennessee ResidenceFriday, June 29, 2012 | 12:05 pm
Governor and Mrs. Haslam Recognize the Service of Militaryand their Families at Independence Day Picnic
NASHVILLE –Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted Tennessee Military and their families at the Tennessee Residence today for an Independence Day Picnic. Approximately 200 service members and their families were in attendance to enjoy a picnic lunch, a special performance by contemporary Christian musician, Michael W. Smith, and children’s games and activities.
“On Independence Day, we commemorate the courage our forefathers displayed when they fought for our Nation’s freedom. Those rights are still being protected every day by our military, and they make incredible sacrifices, including time away from their families,” said Governor Haslam. “This is a very small gesture, but Crissy and I are grateful that we are able to thank some of our Tennessee Military and their families today.”
Amoung the children’s activities was a “Reading Corner,” where the Governor and First Lady were featured readers. Mrs. Haslam also encouraged children and families to participate in her Read20 Family Book Club by reading at least 20 minutes a day this summer. Books for children and familes to take home were donated by Peguin Group USA.
“We are thrilled to have these service men and women and their families here today,” said Mrs. Haslam. “This is Tennessee’s home, and Bill and I truly enjoy using the Residence for opportunities to honor Tennesseans who give so much for the protection and betterment of our state and our country.”