Biden Hosts Friendsgiving for Soldiers and Families at Fort Bragg


President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited Fort Bragg on November 22 to distribute Thanksgiving meals to service members and their families.

Service members and families spent the afternoon taking COVID-19 tests and boarding buses at Pike Field. From there, they were taken by bus to a hangar by the airfield of the Pope’s army. The hangar had several activities for children and families, including coloring books and games provided by the USO. The hangar was open, offering a panoramic view of the newly renovated flight line. So when Air Force One landed shortly before 5:30 p.m., all service members and their families could see the iconic plane land and slowly walk past the hangar.

Shortly after arriving, the Bidens disembarked from Air Force One. Before serving a meal to the military and their families, they each spoke to the crowd about the challenges military families face. Both Bidens spoke about when Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden served in the US military in Iraq and Kosovo. Beau Biden died in 2015 from cancer.

“I know what it’s like for all your families here because you won’t be home for the holidays. I know what it’s like to see that empty seat at the table and feel how hard it is. for families, ”Jill told Biden. “I just wanted to thank you all. That’s why we came to have dinner with you.” The First Lady then passed the microphone to President Biden, who said how proud he was to be the Commander-in-Chief.

“You do so much. Your families give so much. I really mean it,” President Biden said in his address to the troops. “You are the best military the world has ever seen. That’s not hyperbole. You literally are. You are the best the world has ever seen.”

The Bidens, Governor Roy Cooper, Kristin Cooper, and Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin, have helped serve 250 military and military families. The president served the stuffing and the first lady served mashed potatoes.

The Robert Irvine Foundation prepared and provided the food. The nonprofit foundation is focused on supporting the military and veterans through relief grants, scholarships, and hearty meals. Founder Chef Robert Irvine is the host of Food Network’s Impossible Restaurant.

After dinner, the President and the First Lady walked along the hangar to take photos and talk to the military.

image0Family members and military personnel present were selected by their commands, and representatives from each command at Fort Bragg were present.

One of the families present, the Ryan family, Natalie Ryan and her two children, Mikayla, 10, and Tommy, 8, have been in Fort Bragg for two years. Natalie’s husband Tommy Ryan Sr., who has 15 years of military service under his belt, is deployed. She only received the dinner invitation the day before.

“It’s definitely an honor. A once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Natalie Ryan. The visit is part of the Joining Forces initiative – a White House effort to support military service members, military-affiliated families and veterans. The initiative, led by First Lady Jill Biden, began during her tenure as Second Lady.

“I think Dr. Biden is amazing. I have always enjoyed her since she was the second lady. Especially her work in securing military spouses employment and reducing barriers to military spouses employment.” Ryan said. “It’s amazing and wonderful.”


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