JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Veterans and military families came together this Turkey day to celebrate as an extended family at the USO in Jacksonville. Volunteers were on hand as early as 5 a.m. to prepare the meals for the more than 2,000 people who were invited to celebrate.
Volunteers cooked more than 100 turkeys and hams along with corn, collard greens, and other festive Thanksgiving fare. Desserts were also available in abundance, with more than 65 sweets to choose from. Many people who came together to serve the families are retired military service members that travel around the state to help those who are away from their families on holidays.
“We’re all retired or former military that’s here,” says USO volunteer Retired Sgt. Maj. Houle. “Every Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s a chance for us to get together and talk to one another.”
The USO of Jacksonville buses in younger Marines who are at school aboard Camp Geiger and Camp Johnson.