SAVANNAH, Ga. – With just two weeks until Christmas Day, dozens of military families made their way to Hunter Army Airfield for the local Georgia National Guard Christmas party.
“It’s the one time of year these soldiers get to bring their family to work with us and show them exactly what we do here in the Army,” Public Affairs Officer and Lieutenant Cody Eigo said.
While this annual gathering featured a feast provided by Morrison’s Cafeteria and a special visit from Santa, it also provided a deeper meaning for family’s preparing for the coming year.
“Most of the soldiers you see here will be deployed next years and wont be able to make it home for Christmas,” Eigo said.
With the pending deployments of the soldiers heavy on their families minds, the party also acted as a refuge.
“We’ve all been through one deployment most of us out there so it’s good to get together,” Megan Carter said. Her husband, Curtis Carter, has seen his share of Middle Eastern tours of duty and is grateful to be home this Christmas.
“We’re fortunate enough to spend this holiday season with our families but there are some over there now that aren’t getting to,” Carter said.
Sponsors for the event included Leopold’s Ice Cream, Morrison’s Cafeteria, and Memorial Health.