Fort Riley Celebrates Thanksgiving With Military Tradition

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Thanksgiving celebrations are already underway in some areas of the state as Fort Riley kicked things off this year with a military tradition. Channel 13’s Monty Thompson was on post to see what took place.

Thanksgiving may be just a few days away for the rest of us, but here on Fort Riley the soldiers are already celebrating a few days early, and as you can see behind me, those with the Big Red One are celebrating Thanksgiving in an even bigger way.

Officers and senior non-commissioned officers of the 1st Infantry Division kicked off the holiday this year by serving meals for their fellow service members. Each November, Fort Riley’s food service Soldiers pull out all the stops to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals, complete with elaborate decorations for their peers.

This year’s themes ranged from Renaissance to Las Vegas and from Disney to Marvel Comics. Soldiers were treated to over 900 portions of food at each of three different Fort Riley dining facilities.

"You know, as we get moved around all over the country sometimes you come back in and you get that home town feeling and it makes them remember that they’re part of the team," said Command Sergeant Major Michael Grinston. "You know, you may go through some hardships, you may go to the field, you may do some other things, but when you’ve got soldiers and other family members that come out and we all get together you’re a part of something, and I think that just kind of builds their confidence and resiliency."

With several thousand soldiers stationed at Fort Riley still over seas during the holiday. The event serves as a celebration as well as a dedication to service.

"Thursday what I would ask everybody in the central Flint Hills to do is when they sit down at the table just say thanks for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who walk a cold and lonely post to bring us the freedom, to bring us this holiday, and to make America the greatest country in the world," said Major General Paul Funk.

This year’s themes ranged from Renaissance to Las Vegas and from Disney to Marvel Comics. Soldiers were treated to over 900 portions of food at each of three different Fort Riley dining facilities.


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