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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden visit Coors Field to support troops

11:03 PM, Apr 13, 2011   |    comments
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Michelle Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, landed in Denver Wednesday evening. Their first stop was Coors Field where they introduced their new campaign "Joining Forces." The initiative is designed to help families who face deployments that separate them from their loved ones for months.

"Because you all are sacrificing, your lives have been turned upside down. But you guys are doing it with grace, and we're so very proud of you. America needs to know that we need to rally everyone around you," Mrs. Obama said.

While the event was moved inside because of some rain drops, the spirit of those in attendance wasn't dampened.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort told 9NEWS it was the first family that requested Colorado be put on a short list of states that would receive a visit.

"I just can't wait to see those wonderful ladies," Sharon McGee Canady, whose son is in the Colorado Air National Guard, said. "The first and second lady of the United States of America! I can't believe it! I'm just like floating. I can't wait!"

Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden weren't the only leading ladies to make an appearance. Pop singer Jessica Simpson also performed for the families.

Joining Forces recognizes that putting America first often times means putting families second.

"Dr. Biden knows from experience where we're at, because of her son. So I just appreciate what they're doing," Cheryl Lynn, whose husband recently returned from Afghanistan, said.

"When you have enemy forces coming in to attack your base, it's difficult. But when you come back, and you have someone's appreciation... it's heartfelt," Lt. Rexford Canady with the Colorado Air National Guard said.

Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are scheduled to appear at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs on Thursday before taking off for Columbus, Ohio.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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