A traditional Fort Knox Thanksgiving meal will be provided in Cantigny Dining Facility Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The meal is open to everybody -- Soldiers, DA civilians, contractors and retirees," said Mike Lineberger Fort Knox Logistical Readiness Center Director "[This is a time] to come together to share a moment of community over some great food with friends."

The meal will represent traditional tastes from many regions of the United States, including turkey, bread dressing, cranberry sauce, shrimp cocktail and round beef au jus -- a smorgasbord of more than 20 dishes to choose from complete with a choice of pumpkin, apple, pecan and sweet potato pies.

Lineberger said the home style meal is designed to appeal to the pallet and fill the stomach, but also to fill another need.

"The meal itself is about providing Soldiers not only sustenance for their body, but the intent is to provide [them] a meal and a place for them that [provides] some semblance of their home and their family," Lineberger said. "The Army and their Army buddies are his or her family away from home.

"Like any other family, this is the time to come together, to be grateful for our blessings, reflect on where we are and how we got here and, finally, to remember those who are not here."

The meal will be free to active-duty and trainee Soldiers with Common Access Cards and a subsistence-in-kind meal plan; otherwise, the standard cash rate for Soldiers and civilians is $9.10. Immediate Family members of Soldiers from ranks private to specialist will pay $6.80 as will Soldiers on field duty who have no per diem.