One organization and volunteers whipped up more than 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners for local sailors, veterans, police officers, medical personnel and firefighters in Groton on Thursday.
The United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated, which are also known as SUBVETS, gave back on Thanksgiving as they made a traditional meal with all the fixings. The organization also delivered meals to veterans who could not attend the event.
The organization has been dishing out meals on the holiday for the past 16 years.
"I do whatever is needed," Michelle Peterson, SUBVETS volunteer said. "Whatever job is needed this pretty much is the bulk of teamwork."
Each deep fried bird takes exactly 42 minutes. Then, the meat was pulled apart by 100 volunteers including Peterson.
"To me there is no better joy than to be able to do something for those who've done so much for us," SUBVETS volunteer John said.
SUBVETS already distributed 700 meals to various police and fire departments doing duty on Thanksgiving. They then served another 400 to 500 in Groton.
"It just shows the submarine community is always together no matter where you are. It's just really fun to come in and have really good food with really nice people," Kelly O'Reilly with USS Toledo said.
"We're all family. We all work together one way or another so we all know how to work together," SUBVETS Commander Jeff Walsh said. "I call it a controlled chaotic machine, but it gets done and it's perfect."
Subvets is a National Veterans Fraternal Organization that has more than 13,000 members and 160 chapters nationwide. They are "largest organization of U.S. Navy submarine qualified veterans in the world," according to a release on Thursday.
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