MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
The smell of turkey and pies filled the air in the Roadhouse
as hungry Marines and Sailors from various units at Marine Corps Air Station
Cherry Point, N.C., lined up for a homemade Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 27, 2014.
Thanksgiving is a
time for family and friends to come together. Service members who couldn’t be
home spent the day enjoying a home cooked meal, playing games and watching
The service members came together to enjoy a traditional
feast served by Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
commanding general and his family; Col. Chris Pappas III, air station
commanding officer and his family; and members of the Marine Corps League.
“Being a part of serving Thanksgiving dinner to the Marines
and Sailors has become a part of our family tradition now,” said Hedelund.
“Being able to be a part of this is great. We are giving thanks for their
service by serving them.”
Hedelund stressed the importance of Marines taking care of
one another during the holiday season.
“We always want to make sure that no matter where a Marine
is on an important day like today, that they have a place to go and get a good
meal,” said Hedelund. “This is an opportunity for them to feel that they are
part of a family here and everyone has a good time and enjoys a meal together.”
Marines who attended echoed Hedelund’s sentiment.
“I think it is really important for the air station to hold
events like this because it helps build the Marines morale and keeps them busy
during the holidays,” said Lance Cpl. Phil Saulnier, an electronics technician
with Marine Wing Communication Squadron 28. “This is a great way to keep them
out of the barracks; it prevents them from being lonely, especially over a long
weekend. The best part about it though, is the amount of fun we have.”
No service member should have to be alone on a special day
like Thanksgiving, said Saulnier.
“The Marines and Sailors are all just one big family, it’s
about taking time out during the holidays to appreciate each other,” said