Biden and first lady en route to Cherry Point

CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WITN) – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are on their way to Eastern Carolina.

The Bidens will be at Cherry Point with Marines and their families to participate in a Friendsgiving dinner, according to the White House.

Onboard Air Force One is Gov. Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper. The governor earlier attended the pardoning of two North Carolina turkeys at the White House by the president.

The visit is part of the first lady’s initiative to support military families known as “Joining Forces.” Marines from Cherry Point, Camp Lejeune, and New River are expected to attend the dinner.

Last year, the Bidens visited troops at Fort Bragg.

The meal is hosted by the Robert Irvine Foundation. The president and first lady will help serve part of the meal, according to the White House.

Biden was last in North Carolina in April when he visited North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

This will be Biden’s first visit to our area as president. As a senator in 2008, he campaigned at East Carolina University as Barack Obama’s running mate. In 2009, as vice president, Biden visited Duplin County.

The president is expected to speak late this afternoon.

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