Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he's grateful for frontline workers, healthcare professionals, and educators, among others, on Thanksgiving.
"These moments with our loved ones—time that's lost—can't be returned. Yet, we know it's the price of protecting each other and one we don't pay alone. Isolated in our own dining rooms and kitchens, scattered from coast to coast, we are healing together. Still, like you, our family will hold on to our most important tradition: taking a moment to count the many reasons we have to be grateful," Biden and his wife wrote in an op-ed.
The Bidens said they're grateful for frontline workers who have made sure food is harvested, kept grocery stores stocked, and kept cities and towns safe, as well as doctors and nurses who have cared for COVID-19 patients and educators who are primarily teaching remotely with few schools open for in-person instruction.
They also highlighted parents, researchers, and scientists.
"We are grateful for the American spirit of our people, who do not cower in the face of crisis and hardship but instead come together to lift up one another. All those who lost jobs but not heart, who donated to food banks or asked their neighbors, What can I do? How can I help? We're grateful for everyone who reminded us that we are bigger than the challenges we face," they wrote.
Speaking to the nation on Wednesday, Biden said Americans "find ourselves again facing a long, hard winter."
While the country has grown weary of fighting against the CCP virus, he added, "We need to remember we are at war with the virus, not one another. Not with each other."
"This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts, and we commit ourselves to the fight. Let's remember, we are all in this together. Sounds trite, but we are all in this together," he said.
"I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings," he wrote in a proclamation.
Still, Trump, 74, acknowledged the pandemic, writing: "This year, as our Nation continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic, we have once again joined together to overcome the challenges facing us."
"In the midst of suffering and loss, we are witnessing the remarkable courage and boundless generosity of the American people as they come to the aid of those in need, reflecting the spirit of those first settlers who worked together to meet the needs of their community. First responders, medical professionals, essential workers, neighbors, and countless other patriots have served and sacrificed for their fellow Americans, and the prayers of our people have once again lifted up our Nation, providing comfort, healing, and strength during times of uncertainty. Despite unprecedented challenges, we have not faltered in the face of adversity," he added.