Friday, November 12, 2010

2010 White House Ornaments

As some of you may already know, my husband is a pilot in the Marine Corps. We've had a great week this week celebrating the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps as well as honoring all our veterans on Veterans Day!  

My husband is attached to HMX-1, the helicopter squadron responsible for transporting the President of the United States, Vice President, cabinet members, and other VIPs. When the President is aboard, the Marine helicopter uses the call sign "Marine One". 

My husband is the pilot looking out the window of the cockpit! 
*squeal* I'm so proud of him!
Our HMX-1 Spouses Club is selling the gorgeous 2010 White House Ornaments! If you'd like to purchase an ornament for your collection, or gift them to friends and family, you can purchase them here from my blog for $20.00.  Ornament comes in beautiful collectors box with inserts explaining the ornaments details and images! This price includes shipping! Ornaments will be shipped out within 24 hours!
   (includes shipping) 


The 2010 White House Christmas ornament honors the twenty-fifth president of the United States, William McKinley, and celebrates the role of music in the traditions of the White House. The McKinley administration (1897–1901) is remembered as a time when the nation moved beyond its continental boundaries to become an international power. The American people idolized McKinley during his presidency, so suddenly cut short by an assassin’s bullets six months into his second term.

In celebration of the nation’s patriotic mood as the century turned, the illustrations commissioned for the 2010 ornament feature festive, colorful scenes from the annual Army Navy Reception at the White House in 1900. The front face of the ornament depicts members of the United States Marine Band performing on the snow covered North Drive as arriving guests disembark from their carriages. The reverse side of the ornament shows the band playing patriotic airs for President and Mrs. McKinley and their party in the flag bedecked splendor of the East Room. It was in this High Victorian East Room that the McKinleys began the era of “musicales” (receptions with music as the leading feature) at the White House, a tradition that continues to this day.

1 comment:

Chris Dolan said...

Hi Kimberly,
Does HMX-1 still put out its own ornament each year? I collect HMX-1 memorabilia and I have a few of their ornaments, but I haven't seen new ones since 2003.


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