The annual Morgan Mill ISD Thanksgiving Dinner drew a crowd filled with first-time visitors and old pros. The dinner was hosted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Breanna Percivill, a Morgan Mill eighth grader, helped serve the Thanksgiving feast for the second year in a row.

I like serving. Its easy, Percivill said.

Percivill said the dinner has really grown over the last few years.

Its the second year for the troops and the first year for Channel 8 to come. Its pretty exciting, she said.

Jim Douglas, a news anchor from WFAA Channel 8, was on hand to interview guests, hosts, and soldiers from Fort Hood.

SFC John Ronayne said he jumped at the chance to volunteer for the trip.

Im from Plano. I didnt get to come last year because I was in Iraq, Ronayne said.

He is in the 1st Cavalry Division and has already served three tours in Iraq. He and his unit are gearing up to deploy to Iraq again in January.

PFC David Andrzejeski also enjoyed the Morgan Mill Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time.

I cant go home and I thought it would be a good way to spend time, Andrzejeski said. Im from Minnesota.

He has only been in the Army for three years and arrived at Fort Hood in July. He is preparing for his first Iraqi deployment tentatively set for February.