See pictures: US troops away from home celebrate Thanksgiving around the world


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President Biden thanked U.S. service members and commemorated those who lost their lives while serving their country in Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Day slogan.

“You know, when we get back together, our table and our hearts are full of grace and gratitude for all we love,” the president said in a video message with First Lady 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.”

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The First Lady noted that many military families would not be able to celebrate the holiday together, and expressed gratitude for their service to America.

“When we celebrate together, most of those military families stay away from those loved ones,” said Jill Biden. “Whether your spouse is deployed or you live in another location, the holidays are not the same without the people and communities that make this holiday special. We are very grateful for your service.”

Here’s a look at what Thanksgiving looks like for troops celebrating overseas this year:

CAMP ARRIFISON, Kuwait – Major Wes McCullough, in charge of the operation of the 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade, serves food at a dining facility on November 25, 2021, in Camp Arfizan, Kuwait. )

Camp Arifizan, Kuwait - Command Sgt.  Major Veronica Harvey, Senior Enlisted Adviser for 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, placed Turkey at the US Army Soldier Plate at the dining facility at Camp Arifzon, Kuwait, November 25, 2021.  (US Army Photo Hopkins by Sgt. Marquis)

Camp Arifizan, Kuwait – Command Sgt. Major Veronica Harvey, Senior Enlisted Adviser for 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, placed Turkey at the US Army Soldier Plate at the dining facility at Camp Arifzon, Kuwait, November 25, 2021. (US Army Photo Hopkins by Sgt. Marquis)

Philippine Sea, USS Carl Vinson - Lt. Cmdr.  Camille Pizarro, Training Officer and Lieutenant Cmdr.  Christopher Grady, Chaplain, Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), November.  Take part in the Thanksgiving 5k race on the flight deck of 25, 2021.  (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Megan Alexander)

Philippine Sea, USS Carl Vinson – Lt. Cmdr. Camille Pizarro, Training Officer and Lieutenant Cmdr. Christopher Grady, Chaplain, Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), November. Take part in the Thanksgiving 5k race on the flight deck of 25, 2021. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Megan Alexander)

Philippine Sea, USS Charleston - Main Boatswain's Mate Cordarrill Sims from Atlanta, right and Chief Gunner Mate Darius Sullivan, from Laurel, Mississippi, preparing a Thanksgiving meal during the Independence-Variant Littoral Warship USS Charleston (LC).  Routine operations.  (US Navy photo by Ryan M. Breeden of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class)

Philippine Sea, USS Charleston – Main Boatswain’s Mate Cordarrill Sims from Atlanta, right and Chief Gunner Mate Darius Sullivan, from Laurel, Mississippi, prepares Thanksgiving meal during the Independence-Variant Littoral Warship USS Charleston (LC). Routine operations. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

USAG BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Senior leadership of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosts Thanksgiving meal for their soldiers at the Knights Lair Dining Facility in Baumholder, Germany, November 25, 2021. (US Army)

USAG BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Senior leadership of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosts Thanksgiving meal for their soldiers at the Knights Lair Dining Facility in Baumholder, Germany, November 25, 2021. (US Army)

USAG BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Senior leadership of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosts Thanksgiving meal for their soldiers at the Knights Lair Dining Facility in Baumholder, Germany, November 25, 2021. (US Army)

USAG BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Senior leadership of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosts Thanksgiving meal for their soldiers at the Knights Lair Dining Facility in Baumholder, Germany, November 25, 2021. (US Army)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea - The Spartan Dining Facility in Camp Humphries will host a Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, 2021.  (US Army Photo Cpl. Hwang Yong Hang.)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea – The Spartan Dining Facility in Camp Humphries will host a Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, 2021. (US Army Photo Cpl. Hwang Yong Hang.)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea - The Spartan Dining Facility in Camp Humphries will host a Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, 2021.  (US Army Photo PFC. Cade M. Bowers)

Camp Humphreys, South Korea – The Spartan Dining Facility in Camp Humphries will host a Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, 2021. (US Army Photo PFC. Cade M. Bowers)

AL DHAFRA Air Base, United Arab Emirates - A group of airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron share a Thanksgiving meal together at Al Dhafra Air Base, November 25, 2021.  (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dan Heaton)

AL DHAFRA Air Base, United Arab Emirates – A group of airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron share a Thanksgiving meal together at Al Dhafra Air Base, November 25, 2021. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dan Heaton)

AL DHAFRA Air Base, United Arab Emirates - Senior Airman DeMarco Rodriguez joined his fellow Ground Transportation Team for Thanksgiving lunch, served by Chief Master Sgt.  Commanding Chief of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Olatokunbo Olopade and Brig.  General Andrew Clark, 380th AEW Commander, Al Dhafra Air Base, November 25, 2021. (US Air Force Photo Master Sergeant Dan Heaton)

AL DHAFRA Air Base, United Arab Emirates – Senior Airman DeMarco Rodriguez joined his fellow Ground Transportation Team for Thanksgiving lunch, served by Chief Master Sgt. Commanding Chief of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Olatokunbo Olopade and Brig. General Andrew Clark, 380th AEW Commander, Al Dhafra Air Base, November 25, 2021. (US Air Force Photo Master Sergeant Dan Heaton)

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan - Sailors and their families attend Thanksgiving dinner on November 25, 2021 at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Base For East Cafe Gallery.  (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard LJ Gourley)

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan – Sailors and their families attend Thanksgiving dinner on November 25, 2021 at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Base For East Cafe Gallery. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard LJ Gourley)

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan - Culinary Specialist 1st Class Frederick Cristobal shows a carving center for family members during Thanksgiving lunch on November 25, 2021 at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Base for East Cafe Gallery.  (US Navy Photo Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class by Richard LJ Gourley)

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan – Culinary Specialist 1st Class Frederick Cristobal shows a carving center for family members during Thanksgiving lunch on November 25, 2021 at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Base for East Cafe Gallery. (US Navy Photo Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class by Richard LJ Gourley)

Camp Lemonier, Djibouti - US Navy Senior Builder Sean Spence, left and Chief Boatswain Mate Francis Morales, sailors currently assigned to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti (CLDJ), serve Thanksgiving meal to their fellow service members on November 2025.  (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Word)

Camp Lemonier, Djibouti – US Navy Senior Builder Sean Spence, left and Chief Boatswain Mate Francis Morales, sailors currently assigned to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti (CLDJ), serve Thanksgiving meal to their fellow service members on November 2025. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Word)

Camp Lemonier, Djibouti - US Navy Capt. David Fahnley, Commanding Officer, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti (CLDJ), on November 25, 2021, provides Thanksgiving meal to assigned service members.  (By US Navy Photo Mass Communication 2nd Class Word Class Specialist)

Camp Lemonier, Djibouti – US Navy Capt. David Fahnley, Commanding Officer, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti (CLDJ), on November 25, 2021, provides Thanksgiving meal to assigned service members. (By US Navy Photo Mass Communication 2nd Class Word Class Specialist)

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