Young, smiling faces greeted more than 70 soldiers from Fort Hood at Morgan Mill Independent School District Friday.

The soldiers were just a handful of individuals attending Morgan Mills annual Thanksgiving Dinner. However, it may have meant more to the soldiers than anyone else in the building.

While the Thanksgiving Dinner is approaching 20 years in the making, the invitation to soldiers has only been extended for the last three.

I dont know whose idea that was, but we do like to honor them at this time of the year, Superintendent Dean Edwards said.

Stationed in Fort Hood, many of the soldiers are from other states and will not be able to attend Thanksgiving with their own families.

I am staying here for Thanksgiving, Chelsea Hicks of Louisiana said.

Hicks said she enjoyed the invitation to Morgan Mill.

I love kids, she said.

And the kids love the soldiers.

The kids look like they are all excited for the soldiers to come here and eat with (them), Tenika Franklin of Florida said. Its a good feeling.

Franklin will stay in Texas for Thanksgiving, but thanks to Morgan Mill students and staff, Fridays dinner made her and many other soldiers feel like they were right at home.

Im glad (the soldiers are here) because I am helping them. They serve our country and I get to give back to them and that makes me feel good, eighth grader Hope Stanphill said.