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President Biden and first woman Jill Biden visited Marines and sailors aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Level in North Carolina Monday night to rejoice Friendsgiving.
“The American folks don’t know the sacrifices you are making,” the president stated earlier than allotting dinner to the troops. “One % of you represents 99% of the general public; you are all volunteers, you all simply present up, and also you’re all the time there.”
Some 400 service members and their households sat down for dinner with the Bidens to take pleasure in a meal — turkey and ham with sides together with stuffing and mashed potatoes — ready by superstar chef Robert Irvine and meals service Marines.
Earlier within the day, the president pardoned two North Carolina-bred turkeys on the South Garden as a part of a decades-long White Home Thanksgiving custom.
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The dinner occurred in collaboration with the White Home’s Becoming a member of Forces Initiative, a program that helps navy members and their households. Maj. Joshua Schubert instructed NPR that a lot of the Marines and sailors are junior enlisted members serving underneath the twond Marine Expeditionary Drive and made the journey from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
The primary woman instructed these in attendance that she and the president know what it is wish to be away from household throughout the holidays.
“We’re a navy household. My dad was Navy; our son was Military. So, we really know what its wish to be away from your loved ones on Thanksgiving,” the primary woman stated. “So regardless that you are away out of your households at house and your private home states, we all know that you just’re right here with your loved ones right here, as a result of navy is household.”
There’s a long-standing historical past of presidents of visiting with troops round Thanksgiving. Final November, Biden traveled to Fort Bragg, N.C., for an early Thanksgiving meal with troopers and households.
Former President Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving in 2019 visiting troops abroad in Afghanistan, however in 2020, in accordance with Reuters, carried out a video name to service members from the White Home in lieu of an in-person go to.