Bidens greet troops at US Coast Guard Station Brant Point
(CNN) President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden stopped by the US Coast Guard Station Brant Point Thursday, meeting with US troops stationed there as well as troops around the world virtually as they expressed their gratitude on the Thanksgiving holiday.
After about an hour inside the Coast Guard station, the Bidens walked outside to greet about 20 servicemembers in uniform, the President wishing them a happy Thanksgiving, handing out challenge coins, and posing for a group photo.
"I'm not joking when I say I'm thankful for these guys, thankful to them, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart," Biden said.
"I've been all over the world.
I've watched these people.
I've watched them in the South China Sea.
I've watched them in Afghanistan and Iraq, watched them in South America.
Wherever they are, people wonder what America is, they look and they see them ... And that makes me proud."
The Bidens participated in a video call with US troops deployed abroad during their visit.