Posted: Sep 21, 2013 10:03 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Sep 22, 2013 1:29 PM
A Jeff Davis family has multiple reasons to reflect on a trip to the nation's capitol this week.
From Hathaway, the Poullard family was invited to the White House as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Army Major Yolanda Poullard just ended her tour in Afghanistan. She was injured while overseas, and remains in Washington D.C.
However, it's the photo of Yolanda's daughter that has gone viral.
The photo shows President Obama writing a school excuse letter for 5-year old Alanah, a kindergartner at Hathaway High.
Alanah says she will always remember her first White House visit. "I said, look the White House."
Alanah's father, Stacy Poullard, was proud to see his wife honored for her service.
"To have them come back and honor those that are wounded is a once in a lifetime thing, and for my daughter she might not understand now, but ten years from now it will hit her," says Poullard.
As for Alahna, she remembers the moment she first saw the President coming to meet her.
"He was walking on the red carpet, he came out of a room," says Alanah.
That's when she did something that made her dad a little nervous, especially in the most secure house in the country.
"She went straight for him. I thought the secret service would stop her; no one approached her. She jumped into his arms, threw her arms around his neck, and gave him a hug and a kiss. They were then maybe 50 feet away. I have no idea what they said," says Poullard.
Alanah says she asked the President to write the excuse letter, but before giving her the note, the commander in chief gave her some advice.
"He said, 'Don't give it to your teacher. Just show it to your teacher'," says Alanah.