Melania Trump on Monday, Jan. 18, delivered a farewell message, in which the first lady called on the American people to use every opportunity to show consideration for another person, to focus on what unites them, and rise above what divides them and choose love over hatred, and peace over violence.
In the seven-minute video message, which came two days before President Donald Trump ends his term, she expressed her “greatest honor” to serve as the first lady.
“The past four years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination,” she said.
The first lady expressed her gratitude for military service members for their serving the United States, law enforcement for standing guard to keep the communities safe, and devoted caregivers for giving children support. She said that all of them are “incredible Americans” who have inspired her over the past four years in the White House.
Melania Trump also thanked all the nurses, doctors, health care professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers, and many others who are working to save lives during the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, while grieving for the families who have lost loved ones due to the disease.
“Every life is precious, and I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered,” she said.
The first lady said that American values have been seen amid the hardship, when students have made cards and delivered groceries to the senior citizens, teachers have worked hard to keep children learning, families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort, and friendship to those in need.
“Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified,” she said, likely referring to the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Melania Trump mentioned her work with the “Be Best” campaign, which focused on three pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse. She said the campaign has made the accomplishments domestically and internationally.
“As I say farewell to my role as first lady, it is my sincere hope that every American will do their part to teach our children what it means to Be Best. I ask parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked and sacrificed to make this country the land of the free. And to lead by example and care for others in your community,” she said.
At the end of the message, the first lady called on Americans to help keep Americans’ promise and find unity in division.
“The promise of this Nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person and build good habits into your daily lives,” she said.
“In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself,” she continued.
“I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself,” she added.
“Together, as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of raising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness, and faith,” she said.