Videos of the Day: President Trump Calls Military Members to Offer Thanksgiving Appreciation

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Epoch Newsroom
November 22, 2018 Updated: November 22, 2018

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President Trump called military members on Thursday to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

From the Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida, the commander-in-chief thanked members representing each of the five branches of the American armed services.

“Melania and I want to express our profound gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices you make to defend our nation while you are away from your families and loved ones,” said Trump.

“I hope that you’ll take solace in knowing that all of the American families that you hold so close to your heart, they are all doing well. The nation is doing well economically better than anybody in the world,” continued Trump.

Trump notes their mission to protect American liberties abroad is worthwhile.

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US Troops Celebrate Harry Potter-Themed Thanksgiving in South Korea

Every year around this time on Thanksgiving, families gather together to celebrate their blessings to be grateful for what they have.

To these soldiers who are sent half-way around the world for nine months, it becomes a little more difficult to proceed with the traditional holiday away from family.

Soldiers stationed in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, are creating their own Thanksgiving in order to keep up with the tradition. They also said it helps with the homesickness by doing so.

Along with the traditional dinner, the facility has also been decorated with Harry Potter flags.

NATO Troops in Afghanistan Celebrate Thanksgiving

NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan celebrated Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, with a traditional turkey dinner.

At NATO’s main headquarters in Kabul, soldiers ate at long tables in the mess hall. The hall was decorated with turkey motifs, fairy lights, and tinsel.

Despite being far away from their loved ones, the army sergeants draw comfort in knowing that their families are safe at home.

“It’s hard. I haven’t had a Thanksgiving away from my family but again, they know that I’m gonna do whatever it takes to make sure that they’re safe,” says Vanessa Pitt, a U.S. Army sergeant.

The soldiers know their missions and they are fighting for the safety of their families.

“Absolutely, I’d love to see peace in Afghanistan. I don’t want to see it be a safe haven for terrorism and at the end of the day I want to know that my family is safe,” says Caylee Baker, another Army sergeant.

Soldier Mom Surprises Her Two Kids

A family had a heart-warming surprise reunion at a School in Jacksonville, Florida.

A mother has just finished a 6-month deployment with the Navy and wants to surprise her two kids.

On Nov. 19, Landon and Taylor Dean were onstage, reading a letter that thanked their mother “for fighting for America and protecting people in North America.”

They had no idea that their mother, Holly Dean, had just got back from deployment.

As the children continued reading, their mother sneaked up on stage, then surprised her children with her presence.

92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thousands braved the cold of New York Ccity to watch some popular floats and balloons make their way through the streets.

Sesame Street, Ronald McDonald, and Charlie Bbrown were some of the balloons flying across the street.

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