Biden will be accompanied by a National Guard family in honor of the National Guard’s role in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, their office said in a statement on Saturday. The presence of the National Guard family also honors all Guard families who spend their vacations away from loved ones.
This year’s National Guard family includes Capt. Maryanne V. Harrell, who serves as the medical officer in charge of the District of Columbia National Guard’s medical division, her husband Levi, and their children Levi II, Marcus, and Elliana.
The Harrell family joined the first lady as early as Monday for the arrival of the official Christmas tree at the White House in 2021.
Biden also invited Elliana’s second grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland to the White House to help the first lady unveil the decorations for 2021, her office said in a statement.
The first lady will make remarks “to thank the 100+ local volunteers who helped decorate the White House” as she unveils the holiday theme, her office said.