Fort Jackson putting on early Thanksgiving meal

FORT JACKSON, SC (AP) - About 1,200 soldiers graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson got an getting an early Thanksgiving meal.

Army spokesman Pat Jones says the soldiers were wrapping up 10 weeks of intensive training so they can spend the holiday with their families.

The soldiers are being treated Tuesday to a meal with shrimp cocktail, roast turkey, baked ham, prime rib, two kinds of dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables and salads. The meal will be topped off with an array of pies, candies, fruits, nuts and non-alcoholic drinks.

Jones says another 1,200 soldiers are joining in on the early feast, but not graduating.

By Thanksgiving day, some 15,000 soldiers were to be fed.

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