Fort Gordon feeds 6,000 for holiday



Enough food to feed an Army will be served Thursday to soldiers at Fort Gordon.

About 6,000 soldiers, family members, retirees and their families will celebrate Thanksgiving at four dining facilities on post.

“All meals are important to the soldiers but Thanksgiving is just joyful. Just like at home,” said Annie Williams, a dining hall manager. The staff began preparing for the huge meal Wednesday evening.

Williams and her staff will serve traditional holiday food, using about 1,500 pounds of turkey, 800 pounds of ham, 1,800 pounds of pumpkins and 360 pounds of shrimp.

The dining halls serve thousands on a typical day but Thanksgiving calls for even more, Williams said.

“Wow, it’s unbelievable. It’s just an enjoyment,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of food to prepare.”

Williams gives special attention to the meal for the soldiers who give for others everyday of the year. The dining facilities will be decorated with paper turkeys, ice sculptures and other festive designs, she said.

Officers in dress blues will be serving food to the troops, an Army tradition, said Fort Gordon spokesman Buz Yarnell.

“It’s just a way for the senior command to give back to the soldiers,” he said.

Soldiers will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Retirees and their families have been asked to come between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“They go all out. You can’t get a dinner any better than this. They do the whole works,” Yarnell said.