‘Grateful for everything you do’: Dr. Jill Biden speaks at Marine Corps graduation
PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - The nation’s first lady addressed new Marine graduates at Parris Island Friday morning.
Dr. Jill Biden offered the graduates her thanks for their courage and conviction to join the country’s armed forces. Recruits from across the eastern half of the United States come to training at Parris Island.
The members of Company F walked across the parade deck for the first time as Marines, graduating from training.
Their drill sergeants and base leaders congratulated them on their hard work, including tactical training, water training and long hours in the heat, that earned them the title of Marine.
The first lady gave the keynote speech, talking about her White House initiative, Joining Forces, which supports military families and veterans to thank them for their contribution to the nation’s safety.
“And as you build your lives, grow in your careers, and create communities that move throughout the country and the world, know that we are grateful for everything you do and we are working so that you never have to choose between your love of country and love of family,” Biden said.
Biden’s visit comes during the 50th anniversary of the nation’s All-Volunteer Force.
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