Arraf: Thanksgiving in Baghdad
Jane Arraf with Sgt. Charles Green in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- As families in the United States gathered around the table for Thanksgiving, troops in Iraq also gathered -- in dining halls -- to enjoy turkey in a far from ordinary holiday feast.
CNN Correspondent Jane Arraf visited with troops during their Thanksgiving meal in Baghdad, and spoke to a sergeant who took a break between turkey servings.
ARRAF: There is an awful lot of turkey and everything else here. This is the home of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, a regiment with a long tradition going back to 1836, and here they're carrying on an American tradition -- Thanksgiving tradition, which includes ... shrimp cocktail and ... turkey, glazed ham, ham hocks, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes -- and it just goes on and on.
To give us a review of this meal, Sergeant Charles Green from Tallahassee, Florida. Sergeant, your mom, Shirley, from Tallahassee, is watching this. How does this compare with your normal Thanksgiving dinner?
GREEN: Well, you know, it's a good thing to be here [with] people you trust and work with. But it's not that much different from home, you know, just besides being away from the people that you love.
ARRAF: How is this mission going for you? This is a pretty tough place to be?
GREEN: Yes, it is. But we've got a great command, you know, and we maintain.
ARRAF: But tell us about the turkey. How is the turkey?
GREEN: Oh, the turkey was great. I had like four pieces already. I think I'm going to go up for a little more.
ARRAF: Sergeant Green [is] one of about 3,000 people who have come through this dining facility, one of the biggest in Iraq to take part in the special Thanksgiving meal and they'll have a chance later on to watch some football, call home again, and do a few things that soldiers don't normally get to do.