Separated From Families, U.S. Troops Celebrate Harry Potter-Themed Thanksgiving in South Korea

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
November 22, 2018US News
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Every year around this time on Thanksgiving, families gather together to celebrate their blessings to be grateful for what they have.

To these soldiers who are sent half-way around the world for nine months, it becomes a little more difficult to proceed with the traditional holiday away from family.

Soldiers stationed in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, are creating their own Thanksgiving in order to keep up with the tradition. They also said it helps with the homesickness by doing so.

“Of course, it definitely helps (to deal with homesickness) because of course at home I got my wife and both my kids are at home, both my dogs. They’re a little frustrated that I am gone and I am frustrated that I’m away from them. But just having the thanksgivings here with my brothers and my sisters within our unit, it helps a little bit because we are with somebody, not alone. And that’s the whole goal of it. Just not to be alone,” said staff sergeant Austin Donel-Anthony.

Along with the traditional dinner, the facility has also been decorated with Harry Potter flags.

Brittaney Byad, a private, said that she enjoyed the decorations, as well as the different varieties of food.

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