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Biden thanks service members in Christmas remarks

By Donald Judd, CNN

President Joe Biden thanked service members stationed globally for their service during a Christmas Day virtual meeting from the White House.

“The holidays are really focused.

“I know it’s been tough for you, but frankly it’s your husband, wife, mother, father, kids having to be apart or on missions during a season together, and we’re the best people. Women understand that,” the president told the military. units stationed in Bahrain, Qatar, Romania and Colorado via video conferencing.

“We still look at that empty chair from time to time — and, you know, serving your country is, whether you’re in Iraq, or you know — Beau spent a year in Iraq with the Force. Delaware Army National Guard. . We miss that, feeling like I said, and all those birthdays and other occasions, celebrations where you weren’t together. ”

The Bidens’ late son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, was deployed to Iraq in 2008 as part of a National Guard deployment. He died in 2015 of brain cancer.

In his remarks Saturday, the president said the military is the “solid steel spine of the nation,” adding that it remains “always alert, always ready when on duty, 365 days a day.” five”.

“And during the holiday season, as we pray for peace and spread joy and joyful news, we also seek hope for the possibility of a better year, and to give thanks, and Thank you for everything, for everything we have received, for you, your service, your family,” he added.

Biden was joined by first lady Jill Biden and the first newly minted puppy, Commander, came to the White House for the call earlier this week.

“We’ll bring this guy in,” Biden joked.

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