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COL Special occasion can mean special word from Bush

Is someone you know about to celebrate their 80th birthday? Do you know a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary? If so, you can have greetings sent to them from the White House. By following these simple guidelines, your loved ones can receive congratulations from the president:

1. United States citizens only. 

; 2. Advance notice is required. Your request must be received six weeks in advance of the event date. Every effort to honor every request is made, but they cannot guarantee a greeting if this guideline isn't met. (Greetings are generally not sent after the event date, except for wedding congratulations and newborn acknowledgments.)

3. Anniversary greetings are extended only to those couples who are celebrating their 50th (and subsequent) wedding anniversary.

4. Birthday greetings are sent only to individuals 80 years of age and above.

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5. Other greetings include a limited number of special occasions for which the Greetings Office will send appropriate recognition to U.S. citizens. These occasions include important events such as:

Wedding. Send your request after the event.

Baby's birth. Must be born during the Bush Administration; send request only after baby's birth.

Eagle Scout Award.

Girl Scout Gold Award.

Bar/Bat mitzvah or equivalent occasion.

6. Required Information should include the following in your request:

Name and home address of honoree(s).

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Form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc.).

Exact date of occasion (month, day, and year).

Age (birthdays) or number of years of marriage.

Your (the requestor's) name and daytime phone number.

Wedding (include couple's married names and current or new address).

Baby's birth (include baby's date of birth and full names and address of baby and parents).

7. In most cases, greetings will be mailed from the White House approximately 10 days prior to the event.

You can submit your greeting requests by fax at 202-395-1232 or by mail to The White House, Attn: Greetings Office, Washington, D.C. 20502-0039.

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Stacie Salo is the program director at Rochester Senior Center.

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