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Official portrait of President Barack Obama


Presidential greeting
    Are you or somebody you know about to celebrate a major milestone? A 50th wedding anniversary? An 80th birthday? Just had a baby or adopted a child? Getting married?
    If so, you can get a letter of congratulations from the White House, signed by the President himself! Official congratulations are available to any American citizen for anniversaries of 50 or more years, birthdays for ages 80 and above, the birth or adoption of a child, and a marriage. Here's how to request this official greeting:
    First, plan early. Requests should be sent at least six weeks in advance of the anniversary or other significant date.
    Send a written request, including all the pertinent information. This includes the names of those to be honored, specifying the preferred title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Dr.) and mailing address. For anniversaries, specify the full date of the marriage. For birthdays, the full date of birth. For births and adoptions, include both parents' full names, the child's full name, and the date of the birth or adoption. For weddings, provide the bride's and groom's full name, the wedding date, and a mailing address. Each request must also include the name and daytime phone number of the person submitting the request.
    Certain other major accomplishments can be recognized with a White House greeting, as well. These include the Boy Scouts' Eagle rank, the Girl Scouts' Gold award, and major religious awards.
    Mail the request to the White House at this address:

    The White House
    Attn: Greetings Office
    Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

    Greetings are mailed 10 to 14 days in advance of a birthday or anniversary, which allows time for the letter to be framed or prepared for a special presentation.
    This is a wonderful gift that parents or a maid of honor can give to a married couple, or that children can arrange for elderly parents celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday.

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