By Sgt. Aaron Madasz
Every year, one week before Thanksgiving, the Fort Detrick Chapel hosts a Community Dinner for all the Military Families, Single Soldiers, and Retirees in the Fort Detrick and Frederick Community.This year was no exception.
With over 50 volunteers the Chapel served over 450 people this year, more than they have ever served before.
Every classroom, including one of their nurseries was turned into a dining area in order to hold all of the families.
As each entered the Chapel they were greeted with a warm atmosphere, partly because of all the fall decorations, mostly because of the smell of hot food in the air.
Every family was given a ticket which went into a basket for a random drawing held that same night.Several families were lucky to have their tickets drawn and won different prizes such as gift cards, thanksgiving decorations, and even whole frozen turkeys.
It is never a dull moment at the Chapel and this night was no exception. Asking several of the guests what they liked about this year's Community Dinner and the answers were almost all the same, "It's Free!"
Completely free seems to be the motto around the Chapel, so, keep that in mind when you hear of another event sponsored by the Chapel.