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President Biden And First Lady Jill Biden visited the Coast Guard Station and virtually met service members from around the world Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, the Bidens traveled to the Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to meet with service members stationed there. The Biden family is staying at the Nantucket home of Carlyle Group co-founder billionaire David Rubenstein to celebrate the holiday.
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The president and the First Lady spoke individually with each of the service members before exiting and posing for the photo.
According to White House aides, the president and the First Lady met virtually with troops from around the world “to thank them for their service and to wish them Thanksgiving.” Service members who met Biden included representation from six branches of the military – the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force, the Space Force and the Coast Guard.
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Reporters attending the event shouted many questions over the president’s departure, but Biden answered only the question of why he was thankful for the holiday.
“What am I thankful for?” The President responded. “I’m thankful for these guys. That means from the bottom of my heart.”
“Wherever they are, people wonder what America is and they look at them,” Biden continued. “They don’t see what’s here, they see.”
“You know, as we get back together, our table and our hearts are filled with grace and gratitude for all we love,” the president said in a video message Thursday with Jill Biden. “And as Commander-in-Chief, I am especially grateful to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they made to our country.”
In his announcement, Biden thanked “agricultural workers and frontline workers, many of whom are migrants,” for their work, “to store grocery stores” and “to keep our cities and towns clean and safe.”
Additionally, Biden thanked the health workers who “worked to vaccinate our country”, scientists and military service members who developed the vaccine.