President Joe Biden thanked military personnel posted around the world for their service during a Christmas Day virtual meeting at the White House.
“The holidays really put the emphasis on being apart – it’s part of the job, but it’s the hard part of the job, and that’s who you are,” he told officials. six armed forces.
“I know it’s tough for you, but frankly it’s harder for your husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, to be apart or in service during a season of togetherness, and we Bidens understand that,” the president told the army. units stationed in Bahrain, Qatar, Romania and Colorado by videoconference.
“We still look, every now and then, at that empty chair – and, you know, service to your country is, whether you’re in Iraq or you know – Beau spent a year in Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard. . We remember that, what it felt like, like I said, and all those birthdays and other occasions, celebrations where you’re not together. “
The Bidens’ deceased son, former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, was deployed to Iraq in 2008 as part of a National Guard deployment. He died in 2015 from brain cancer.
In his remarks on Saturday, the president said the military was “the solid steel backbone of the nation”, adding that it remained “always vigilant, always ready when duty calls, 365 days a year”.
“And during the holiday season, as we pray for peace and spread joy and the good news, we also seek hope for the possibility of a better year, and to give thanks, and give thanks for everything, for all that we have obtained, to you, your service, your families, ”he added.
Biden was joined on the call by First Lady Jill Biden and the very first newly created puppy, Commander, who arrived at the White House earlier this week.
“We were going to send this guy,” Biden joked.
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