Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving

President Joe Biden gestures as first lady Jill Biden boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions in many homes.

“As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a video greeting recorded with first lady Jill Biden at the White House before their trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the holiday weekend.

From Nantucket, the Bidens also called in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, briefly bantering with NBC broadcaster Al Roker. Shut out a year ago, spectators again lined the route as some 8,000 participants joined the parade and marching bands from around the country played. Parade employees and volunteers had to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks.

On Nantucket, well-wishers waved and cheered as the Bidens traveled by motorcade to the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S. servicemembers from around the world and thank them for their service.

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