America’s second family visited troops in New York on Sunday – their final official appearance before returning to privacy.
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Fort Drum to thank the 10th Mountain Division and their families for serving the country.
“I am here to send a very simple message to each of you on behalf of your commander and commander, as well as to every American: thank you for your service and to the 1st Brigade combat team, welcome home,” he said. Pence in front of members of the service.
Recently, the 1st Brigade returned from Afghanistan.
“We all rely on you,” the vice president said, “because we know we can.”
As she addressed the troops, the second lady became emotional and her voice shook in the middle of the sentence as she spoke to the crowd.
“It’s an honor to be with you … here … for our last trip as vice president and second lady of the United States,” said Karen Pence.
“We are a military family like all of you, our son is an F-35 naval aviator. He is married to our daughter-in-law Sarah and we are expecting our first grandchild in April, we are very excited “, the second lady continued.
The second family will be replaced by newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, at an swearing-in ceremony Wednesday.
She will step down in the US Senate on Monday.
Harris will be the first woman to occupy the office, as well as the first person of color.