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The Pentagon gives thanks to our troops with a 300,000 pound feast

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Pentagon sent thousands of feasts to troops throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and on the Southwest border. This year, they amassed over 300,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving food.

The stats are astounding:

  • 9,738 whole turkeys
  • 51,234 pounds of roasted turkey
  • 74,036 pounds of beef
  • 21,758 pounds of ham
  • 67,860 pounds of shrimp
  • 16,284 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 81,360 pies
  • 19,284 cakes
  • 7,836 gallons of eggnog

These deliveries to men and women don't even begin to describe the gratitude the Pentagon, and the rest of the nation, feel towards those who were without their families this Thanksgiving. But hopefully it brought a little warmth and thanks to their day.