President Joe Biden on Thursday met with the Coast Guard in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and held a virtual conversation with members of the six branches of the U.S. military as part of his Thanksgiving activities.
President and First Lady Jill Biden wished Americans a Happy Thanksgiving before traveling to Nantucket for the holiday.
“When we give thanks for what we have, we also cherish in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a video greeting with the first lady next to him.
In Nantucket, at Brant Point Coast Guard Station, the Biden reached out to members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Forces.
“Soldiers and their families sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms and the freedom of others around the world. While we will never be able to pay off the debt to these heroes in full, @FLOTUS and I called today to say how grateful we are for everything they do, ”Biden said. said on twitter, with a photo of two during a virtual call.
Military personnel and their families sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms and the freedom of others around the world. Although we will never be able to repay the debt to these heroes in full, @FLOTUS and I called today to say how grateful we are for everything they do. pic.twitter.com/iPO5BXHBBy
– President Biden (@POTUS) November 25, 2021
Following the virtual meeting, the Biden greeted about 20 Coast Guard officers on the street, and the president wished them a happy Thanksgiving by handing out challenge coins that have historically been collectibles.
“I’m not kidding when I say I’m grateful to these guys, grateful to them, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Biden said when asked what he was grateful for.
He said that when foreigners wonder what America is, “they don’t see us here,” meaning civilians. “They see them,” he said of the Coast Guard and other parts of the US military. “It makes me proud.”
The Biden also briefly called NBC’s live broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The 2021 parade in Manhattan attracted about 8,000 participants.
The Biden began celebrating Thanksgiving in Nantucket even before they got married in 1977. They did not arrive in 2015 following the death of their late son Bo Biden earlier that year, or in 2020 amid tight restrictions due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
The couple’s family joined them in Thanksgiving this year, flying with him to the island late Tuesday night on Air Force One – son Hunter and his wife Melissa and their baby son Bo; daughter Ashley; and grandchildren Naomi, Finnegan, Maisie, Natalie and young Hunt, as well as Naomi’s fiancé Peter Neal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.