In a new photo shared with her 5.3 million Instagram followers, the singer and fashion designer and her 8-year-old daughter were all smiles as they spent the day baking together in the family’s massive kitchen.
Jessica, 39, wore a gray T-shirt with “Army” on it in red, and she had her hair tied up in a head wrap as she stirred a bowl of batter with her look-alike daughter by her side. A buttered casserole dish and a plateful of sliced apples were visible on the counter as the mom-daughter duo spent time together whipping up a baked dessert for their family.
While the photo showed a sweet moment with Jessica and her daughter, it also served as a symbol for a powerful message the Open Book author relayed on Memorial Day.
In the caption to the post, Jessica paid tribute to the military and fallen soldiers as she thanked them for the sacrifices they made in order to provide her with freedom. The former MTV star said she is full of gratitude for the “blessed” simple moments she is able to enjoy with her family. The photo of her baking with Maxwell perfectly illustrated Jessica’s tribute.
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When a Soldier, Airman, Marine, or Sailor says Hooah, Oorah, or Hooyah, they know it could be their last. When a Soldier puts on their armor, they know that the next time is not promised. When a Soldier braves a command, they protect those they do not even know. When a Soldier lays to rest, they are still working. When a Soldier prays for peace, they know their purpose will provide it. When a Soldier charges ahead, they sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves. When a Soldier leaves their family, they know it could be forever. When a Soldier loses a brother, they fight for his honor. When a Soldier makes a commitment, they bravely see it through. Today we celebrate our fallen Soldiers because they are the heroes that truly NEVER die. May God bless those who love them and our country they selflessly protected with honor, loyalty, strength, and perseverance. I am thankful for the courage you have for others and feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for providing me the freedom to cherish this simple, blessed moment today baking with my family.
In comments to the post, fans thanked Jessica for the touching tribute and for putting things into perspective on the day meant to honor those who lost their lives protecting our country.
“Probably the most humbling celebrity post I have seen honoring our fallen heroes,” one fan wrote.
“You girls are precious,” another added. “You spend a lot of time in the book talking about your time spent overseas. I can tell you have a heart for soldiers and their families. I love it.”
Other fans zeroed in on the quality time Jessica was able to spend with her daughter.
“I like seeing a working kitchen and those smiles and the time together, priceless!” one fan wrote.
“Well said. I see the joy in your daughter’s eyes just being with you!” another wrote to Jessica.
Longtime fans know that Jessica has a long history of supporting the troops. In 2005, Jessica and her then-husband Nick Lachey were part of a USO-hosted tour in Germany and Iraq, per People.
In addition to performing for soldiers, the couple visited with wounded soldiers in military hospitals. Jessica went into detail about her USO tours in her recent memoir, Open Book.