After about an hour inside the Coast Guard station, the Young Women stepped out to greet about 20 uniformed servicemen, the President wished them a happy Thanksgiving, awarded challenge coins and took a group photo.
“I’m not joking when I say I thank these people, thank them, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Biden said.
“I have been all over the world. I have followed these people. I have followed them in the South China Sea. I have followed them in Afghanistan and Iraq, followed them in South America. Wherever they are, everyone people still wonder what America is, they look and they see them… And that makes me proud.”
The Bidens joined a video call with US troops deployed abroad during their visit.
The Bidens, a White House aide said, when they arrive, will most likely meet with service members from around the world to thank their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. Service members meet with the President and First Lady representing the six branches of the military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard). “
The Biden family, which includes the President’s descendants and significant other, is spending the holiday on Nantucket Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, a family Thanksgiving tradition of 46 years. They are staying at the waterfront home of billionaire and philanthropist David Rubenstein.
Over the years, this family has been spotted at local holiday events, including participating in the Turkey Trots, the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and the Frozen Turkish Festival.
On Friday, the first lady said they would be coming to light the town’s annual Christmas tree on Main Street.
“We’re all going together,” she said. “We’ll see you at the tree light tomorrow.”
Earlier Thursday, the Bidens released a pre-recorded Thanksgiving message for the American people to express their gratitude for this year.
“This year, Thanksgiving blessings are especially meaningful,” the President said.
The first lady added, “After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for the little moments that we could not have planned or recreated.”
Biden also expressed gratitude to the military and remembers the losses during the pandemic.
“As we gather, our tables and hearts are filled with grace and gratitude for all those we hold dear. And as commander-in-chief, I am especially grateful to them. our servicemen and their families, for their sacrifices for our country,” he said, adding, “We also always remember those we lost, those who lost their lives. many fates or accidents. We pray for them.”
The two also joined the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, telling NBC host Al Roker, “America is back. There’s nothing we can’t get over.”