Monday morning, John Samuel Diehl, 2, and his mom, Ashley Diehl of Warriors Mark left at 3 a.m. “to embark on an adventure we will always cherish,” Diehl said. The pair traveled to Washington, DC for the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
The Diehls met Ashley’s sister, USAF Major Amy Gilliland Justus and her son, Jayden Justus, 3, to enjoy the festivities together.
Diehl said, “There are two ways to get Easter roll tickets: DC staff is awarded tickets and there is a national raffle. My sister works at the Pentagon and was given tickets through work.”
There are five time slots for the event, and the Diehls and Justuses were there for the second time slot from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump came out and spoke. Diehl said that everyone clapped and cheered when they appeared.
“We were very lucky to to be there when they came out. We got to witness it and we were right up front,” Diehl said.
Included in the fun was storytime, cookie decorating, Easter egg dying, hopscotch, easter egg hunts, and of course the Easter egg roll. The military band play Disney songs in the background the whole time and Diehl said that it was a beautiful spring morning in DC.
She said, “Kids and parents were all dressed in their Sunday best, everybody was joyful and excited, it was really a sight to see!”
Diehl said that it was a stress free event, very well done and everyone seemed to be happy, with no protestors in sight.
“One interesting thing,” she said, “is that all eggs used at the event were real hard-boiled eggs, and hard-boiled eggs on a stick were served everywhere you turned around. I can only imagine the amount of eggs they went through in a day.”
There were over 14,000 hard-boiled eggs, hand-dyed for the egg roll and guests each year decorate over 4,500 hard-boiled eggs.
The kids left with bags of treats and a gold commemorative Easter egg. The souvenir White House wooden egg is given to each child, and includes the signatures of the President and First Lady.
Diehl said, “It feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We have a son on the way in July and would love to do it one more time when he gets old enough to enjoy it. It was such a special day I wouldn’t want to rob another family from getting the opportunity, otherwise I would love to go every year!”