Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Most of us enjoy the freedom to spend time with our families on Thanksgiving around the table,but not all are that lucky.
Soldiers at Fort Jackson won't be going home on Turkey Day. They're not missing out on the big meal though.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pie, pumpkin pie, and pecan pies. You name it, it’s probably on the menu.
With a lot on their plates, soldiers like Private First Class Brendon Sharpe feel right at home.
"Thanksgiving meal is being around family. You know, we're missing them right now but this is our second family now," explained Sharpe.
It may be a big meal but Sharpe is on the clock.
"It's usually about ten minutes. It's enough time to eat if you're eating quickly,” laughed Sharpe.
While these soldiers are serving their country, others like Kenny Harrison want to serve them.
"That's what makes it so special to me. We have these soldiers away from mom and dad. We just want them to not miss home," said Harrison.
Two thousand pounds of Turkey, ham, prime rib, and all the other sides that come along with it feeds seventeen hundred of the nation's bravest.
"Excitement, a lot of love, and it's just being together. With us being here today, which is the soldiers Thanksgiving, today we're they're family," said Harrison.
Although Sharpe won't be traveling home on Thanksgiving, he's proud and thankful to be a part of the U.S. Army.
"I miss my wife and my two kids. I miss them a lot but I'm glad to be here and it's a good thing. Proud to be at training. Thankful for and the love we're able to share together," said Sharpe.
Fort Jackson has made it a tradition to feed soldiers every year on Thanksgiving.