FORT HOOD — Sitting in a crowd of other military children, Anamaria Scott waited for the first lady to recognize the sacrifices made by families with a spouse or parent in the Army.

About 40 children watched performances by Usher, members of Glee and other artists as well as taped messages from David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres, who all thanked military families during a live remote broadcast of the children’s concert, “Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future.”

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden hosted the concert in Washington, D.C., as part of their ongoing commitment to service members.

“Military kids attend an average of six to nine schools by the time he or she graduates from high school,” Obama said during the broadcast. “Just imagine how much courage it takes to always be the new kid, to walk through the doors of a new school every couple of years.”

For Anamaria, 9, it meant a lot that Obama understands what she goes through while her dad is deployed.

Her mom, Cynthia Scott, said it was a neat experience for the first lady to recognize military children, who specifically thanked Fort Hood during the broadcast.

“They’re awesome women,” she said of the first and second ladies. “It’s not often that you hear celebrities say, ‘Thank you,’ and it seems like since we’ve been here on Fort Hood, we’ve noticed it so much more.”

When her husband moved to and later deployed from Fort Hood, Scott and her children stayed behind in Idaho.

Whenever they would watch Obama make appearances on children’s shows, like “Sesame Street,” Scott said it felt like the first lady was reaching out to them.

“We were not near a military base so we were one of the very few families. It was like she kind of reached out to us (through the show),” Scott said.

“It always touched us deeply that she supported us. No matter how remote we were, the message was clear, she got to where we were.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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