Anaconda celebrates Thanksgiving with feasts, competitions

13th COSCOM PAO

LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq — Service members and civilians alike gathered together at each of the dining facilities here to celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends in a home away from home atmosphere today.

Traditional Thanksgiving fare for almost 23,000 people meant cooks labored overnight to prepare 6,000 pounds of turkey and 7,030 pounds of ham along with beef tenderloin, Cornish hens, shrimp, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, non-alcoholic red and white wine and egg nog.

The dining facility staffs competed against each other to create the most festively decorated atmosphere as well as the best tasting food. The 13th COSCOM commanding general awarded a trophy to the winners.

Festivities did not stop with food, units here held Turkey Bowl football games, more than 60 people ran a five kilometer race, Chaplains held special holiday services, officers replaced Soldiers in the guard towers and served food in the dining facilities and many people lined up to call loved ones back home.