Biden thanks immigrants and frontline workers, recalls troops in proclamation on Thanksgiving Day

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President Biden thanked immigrants and frontline workers who provided basic needs for Americans during the pandemic, and remembered American troops who lost their lives in a Thanksgiving proclamation.

The president issued the proclamation Wednesday, amid the largest increase in Thanksgiving dinner costs the country has seen in more than three decades.

Biden wrote that Thanksgiving gives Americans “a time to reflect on our many blessings.” especially ‘in times of challenge’.

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“That’s why George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving for his troops as they marched into Valley Forge that dark winter,” Biden said. “It’s why Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War – at the proclamation of the Thanksgiving holiday we now celebrate – urged us to remember our ‘fertile fields and healthy skies.'”

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House after disembarking from Marine One in Washington on Sunday. (AP)

“Just like 400 years ago, when the Pilgrims were able to celebrate a successful first harvest thanks to the generosity and support of the Wampanoag, today we express our gratitude to those who helped us through this difficult year,” he continued.

The president thanked “the farm workers and frontline workers, many of whom are immigrants,” for their work keeping “grocery stores stocked” and “keeping our cities and towns clean and safe.”

Biden thanked both teachers who returned to the classroom and parents “who have carried their families through this challenging time and helped their children navigate this difficult chapter in our nation’s history.”

In addition, Biden thanked health professionals who “worked to vaccinate our nation,” the scientists who developed the vaccines, and members of the military.

First Lady Jill Biden also joined the president in a video message to Americans on Thanksgiving Day.

“This is always a special time in America, but this year the blessings of Thanksgiving are especially meaningful,” Biden said.

“You know, as we come together again, our table and our hearts are full of grace and gratitude for everyone we love,” the president continued. “As Commander in Chief, I am especially grateful to our military and their families for their sacrifices to our nation.”

The first lady noted that many military families cannot celebrate the holiday together and expressed her gratitude for their service to America.

The president said that while Americans “give thanks for what we have, we also keep those we have lost and those who have lost so much in our hearts” as a result of COVID-19 “or some other cruel twist of fate or accident.” “.

U.S. President Joe Biden pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey Peanut Butter, while Phil Seger, president of the National Turkey Federation, and Andrea Welp, an Indiana turkey farmer, stand by at the 74th National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, US, Nov. 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Joe Biden pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey Peanut Butter, while Phil Seger, president of the National Turkey Federation, and Andrea Welp, an Indiana turkey farmer, stand by at the 74th National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, US, Nov. 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Thanksgiving 2021 saw the largest cost increase for American consumers in 31 years, costing Americans an average of 14% more this year.

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One of the main drivers of the cost increase is the rising inflation that Americans are facing, as well as a labor shortage that has persisted for months.

Supply chain problems have also contributed to bare supermarket shelves and rising fuel costs across the country.

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