WATCH: FLOTUS bids farewell to the nation
WASHINGTON (KLKN) — Just two days before President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration, the current First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) Melania Trump releases a farewell video over social media.
Read the full video transcript below:
My fellow Americans, it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as First Lady of the United States.
I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country, who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace. The past few years have been unforgettable.
As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all of the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love patriotism, and determination.
I see the faces of brave young soldiers who have told me with their pride in their eyes, how much they love serving this country. To every service member and to our incredible military families, you are heroes. And you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
I think of all of the members of law enforcement, who greet us everywhere we go. Every hour of every day, they stand guard to keep our community safe. And we are forever in their debt.
I have been moved by children I have visited in hospitals, and foster care centers. Even as they fight difficult illnesses or face challenges, they bring such a joy to everyone they meet.
I remember the mothers who have battled the disease of opioid addiction and have overcome incredible hardships for love of the children. I have been inspired by the devoted caregivers, for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and communities that give these children the support and care they need to grow.
When I think about these meaningful experiences, I’m humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people. As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank all of the nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers, and so many others who are working to save lives. We grieve for the families who have lost a loved one due to the pandemic. Every life is precious. And I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered.
In the midst of hardship, we’ve seen the best of America shine through. Students have made cards and delivered groceries to our senior citizens. Teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning. Families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort, and friendship to those in need.
Be passionate in everything you do. But always remember that violence is never the answer, and will never be justified.
When I came to the White House, I reflected on the responsibility I have always felt as a mother to encourage, give strength, and teach values of kindness. It is our duty as adults and parents to ensure that children have the best opportunities to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.
The passion for helping children succeed has driven by policy initiatives as First Lady. I launched ‘Be Best’ to ensure that we as Americans are doing all we can to take care of the next generation. ‘Be Best’ has concentrated on three pillars: well being, online safety, and opioid abuse.
In a few short years, I have raised awareness of how to keep children safe online. We have made incredible progress on our nation’s drug epidemic, and how it impacts the lives of newborns and families. And we have given a voice to our most vulnerable children in the foster care system.
Internationally, ‘Be Best’ has evolved into a platform that encourages world leaders to discuss issues impacting the lives of children and allows them to share solutions. It has been an honor to the present American people abroad. I treasure, each of my experiences, and the inspiring people I have met along the way.
As I say farewell to my role as First Lady, it is my sincere hope that every American will do their part to teach our children, what it means to be best. I encourage parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked, and sacrificed to make this country, the land of the free. And to lead by example and care for others in your community.
he promise of this nation belongs to all of us, do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person, and build good habits, into our daily lives. In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador of ‘Be Best.’ To focus on what unites us. To raise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred. Peace over violence. And others before yourself.
Together as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of rising our nation to greater heights, through our spirit of courage, goodness, and faith.
No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your First Lady. To all the people of this country, you will be my heart forever.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.