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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is continuing a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service this Thanksgiving.
    
The president called members from each of the five military service branches and participated in a conference call with troops in West Africa. The White House says Obama told them their varied missions, from helping to stamp out Ebola to prosecuting the war against Islamic State militants, have one primary objective - keeping the American people safe and secure.
    
The president is encouraging others to thank military members for their services during the holidays, telling ABC's Robin Roberts, "The sacrifices they make are extraordinary."
    
Otherwise, the president is having a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House. In his weekly radio and Internet address, he says the first family is spending the day with friends and relatives - catching up, eating good food and watching some football.
    
He says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday "because, more than any other, it is uniquely American."
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