President Obama on Thursday marked Thanksgiving Day by calling military personnel and thanking them for their service.
“Earlier today, President Obama called 10 service members: two from the Army, two from the Marine Corps, two from the Navy, two from the Air Force and two from the Coast Guard,” said the White House in a statement. “He thanked all of them for their service, and he wished them and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.”
Earlier in the day, Obama released a Thanksgiving video message, urging Americans to remember those service members who are away from home and those who are less fortunate stateside.
“As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for,” said Obama in his weekly address. “We give thanks for all our men and women in uniform — and for their families, who are surely missing them very much today. We're grateful for their sacrifice too.”
First lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to give thanks for all our brave men & women in uniform and their families. “We're so grateful for your sacrifice,” she tweeted.
The president and first family are celebrating the holiday privately at the White House.
The White House said the family’s Thanksgiving meal would include turkey, honey-baked ham, both cornbread and oyster stuffing, greens, macaroni and cheese, both sweet and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and nine pies for dessert.