Veterans Day at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany saw First Lady Michelle Obama surprise servicemen and women and their families by helping to serve a special Veterans Day meal.
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Ramstein Air Base, Germany
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"I am missing Sasha and Malia desperately," Obama said of her daughters, as she spoke to the group gathered for the donated steak dinner, grilled by volunteers from the California-based Cooks of the Valley.
"But it is a thrill to be here with you guys, because we are so grateful to all of you," she said. "Not just our servicemen and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."
Mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, corn on the cob, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie rounded out the menu.
After serving, Obama went through the room doling out hugs, handshakes and warm thanks to troops and their families.
She also chatted with their children, asking how they were doing in school and if they worked hard.
Ten-year-old Malaysia Chevere got a special shout-out when she told the first lady about her grades.