Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen met with students, military officers and parents in Alexandria on Thursday at the ahead of the program's annual week-long celebration of military families and students.
The visit from McDonnell, a U.S. army veteran who served 21 years in active duty and reserves before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, comes nearly two weeks before KinderCare's annual week dedicated to military families and students, KinderCare Learning Center District Manager Dana Ashley said.
The Alexandria KinderCare supports children ages six weeks to 12-years-old and has been part of the greater Annandale community for more than 20 years. The center serves over 100 families; there are more than 40 KinderCare centers in Virginia.
KinderCare Learning Centers across the state are holding similar celebrations honoring the military.
During their visit Thursday, the McDonnells toured the facility, interacted with the students and later read a story to one of the classes. As a thank you, the students gave the governor handmade cards. Along with McDonnell's visit, military officers spoke with the students, teaching them how to salute, do push-ups and other activities.
For some snapshots from the visit, click through the pictures in the media player above.