White House Easter Egg Roll

From Recreation.gov:

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The 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 17th. The ticket lottery opens Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) and closes on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET. Entering the lottery is free of charge, and lottery results will be announced on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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About the Event

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C., would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll is designed for children 13 years of age and under.

About the Commemorative Eggs

The official White House Easter Egg Roll commemorative eggs will be available whether or not you attend the event. Commemorative eggs will be available for sale online soon, and information on how to purchase will be linked on this page.

Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, it is important to take the time to thank the brave men and women who put their lives on the line and serve our country to protect our freedom. We must not only honor the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our Veterans but also that of their families.  Their spouses, children and parents offer incredible support and often serve as a caregiver when their veteran returns home from service. 

I often reflect on something my father, Governor Casey, once said when he was addressing service members before the first Gulf War. He said, “We pray for the military families and for their loved ones serving around the globe; we also pray that we may be worthy of their valor.”

It is our duty to ensure that our Veterans receive the services and care they have earned and that they have access to every opportunity after their service. This includes access to quality mental health care. Not all Veterans experience mental health issues, but as we have seen, timely access to mental health care for those do is invaluable.

I encourage everyone to honor the sacrifice of our Veterans not only on Veterans Day but throughout the year.  Whether through sending care packages or cards to those serving overseas, shaking hands with a serviceman or servicewoman, or offering a prayer for Veterans and their families, we must always act in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice.

Veterans Day

National Museum of African American History and Culture

This month, the National Museum of African American History & Culture will open it's doors in Washington, D.C. Please see the following information to learn how you can be a part of this historic event:

Museum Opening - September 24th

From the Museum:

The historic significance and high visibility of the museum are attracting an unprecedented number of local, national, and international visitors.  Due to this level of interest, the museum is implementing a Timed Pass system to serve as many visitors as possible while maintaining a secure, safe and smooth flow of people into the museum. Timed Passes for the general public and nonprofit organizations are free of charge. Timed Passes are available in advance of your visit and a limited number can be obtained on the same day of your visit.  Each Timed Pass has a unique entry code and can only be used once.

Please be prepared for large crowds and extended wait times. While we will do our best to honor the scheduled time on your passes, your actual entry time is subject to building capacity and safety.

Click here to learn more about obtaining free passes

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, and more than 65 million people around the world are displaced from their homes – the highest number ever recorded by the United Nations. On average, 24 people were displaced every minute of each day in 2015.

We are witnessing a global crisis that spans all regions and conflicts from the devastating Syrian civil war to violence in Central America to global food insecurity. Desperate families are fleeing tragedy and disaster in hopes of creating a new path for themselves and their loved ones. The need for a global response is just as stark as the crisis itself. Today, we are reminded that we must redouble our efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and address the root causes of what drives refugees from their homes.

World Refugee Day

As a Father, the Sexual Assault Crisis on College Campuses Is Personal

As a father to four daughters, including one in college, the sexual assault crisis on college campuses is personal. Every time a college student is the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, we as a nation have failed that student. We must continue to build healthy, safe communities where students can learn and grow without fear, and where victims are provided immediate assistance and perpetrators are appropriately punished. As elected officials, but also as fathers, Governor Wolf and I take this responsibility seriously. On campuses, we must all step up to do the right thing: intervene before a problem occurs; promote dialogue and respect among members of the campus community; provide support and justice to victims.

Throughout the past year, I have visited several college campuses in Pennsylvania to discuss the implementation of my Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, which I passed into law as part of the Violence Act Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013. The Campus SaVE Act improves how campus communities respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. It helps to empower students and employees to end unhealthy relationships and seek assistance. Institutions must have clearly defined policies for reporting and conduct campus disciplinary proceedings. The Campus SaVE act targets this issue from the most crucial angles?—?improving prevention efforts and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, motivating everyone in the community to become involved in asserting that violence and abuse will not be tolerated, and ensuring that victims are supported.

Each college I visited was working to comply with the Campus SaVE Act. After each visit, I was encouraged by the partnerships institutions are building to strengthen their community and keep students safe. Now that the law has been implemented for a school year, I look forward to continuing my dialogue with students and administrators to learn more about how the legislation is working, and what improvements can be made.

Governor Wolf has also taken steps to eliminate campus sexual assault with the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign, which is the first statewide effort to address this crisis. Governor Wolf has made connections with over 50 rape crisis centers across the state who are ready to work with colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. This campaign will empower citizens in Pennsylvania to keep our students safe and end the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses.

This crime is an ongoing crisis to which we must respond urgently and with compassion for victims. Those who commit sexual assault must be held fully accountable, and those who stand by must be empowered to speak up and support their peers. Everyone in the community must step up and work together. That is what Governor Wolf and I are doing at the state and federal level. By promoting the Campus SaVE Act and the ‘It’s On Us Campaign,’ we are one step closer to ensuring safety for all students on college campuses.

Campus SaVE
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