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Lou. Thanksgiving marked by veterans' and homeless feeds, 'Turkey' run

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Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meal to a veteran at Amvets Post 61 on Smyrna Road. Neil Johnson/WDRB News. Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meal to a veteran at Amvets Post 61 on Smyrna Road. Neil Johnson/WDRB News.
Thanksgiving meals included live music at Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville. Chris Monroe/WDRB News. Thanksgiving meals included live music at Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville. Chris Monroe/WDRB News.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Active-duty military members and veterans enjoyed free dinner at the Amvets Post 61 on Smyrna Parkway in Louisville Thursday.  The second year of a turkey meal for Thanksgiving came courtesy volunteers who wanted to give something back to those who've served the armed forces.  Organizers hoped for 300 people by the end of the evening Thursday.

Meals by the thousands were served at Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville throughout the day.  It is one of the city's largest Thanksgiving servings; it included breakfast, lunch and supper for clients of the mission and others without a place for a warm meal for the holiday. Volunteers served meals and managed games, arts, crafts and music.

Several other shelters, including St. Vincent dePaul, and churches served meals throughout the community.

The Northeast YMCA's "Turkey Trot" run is another holiday tradition; runners get their exercise before indulging in a holiday meal.  Some ran the 10K course, others pared down to the 1.5K course in 30-degree weather.

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