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Calvert County seniors and their families enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal Saturday during the “Thanksgiving Day for Seniors” lunch at the American Legion Hall Gray Ray Post 220 in Prince Frederick.

Josephus Harris Jr., the worshipful master of the lodge, said the event was started many years ago as a pre-Thanksgiving meal for seniors or those with disabilities. He said the American Legion lodge members prepare all of the food, and those in attendance Saturday filled their plates with turkey, ham, pig’s feet, potato salad, green beans, rolls and a variety of desserts.

Harris said there was not as large of a crowd Saturday as there has been in previous years, and he suspected it was because there were many other events happening throughout the county. Last year, he said, about 70 people showed up for the event.

“It’s still a nice crowd,” Harris said of Saturday’s turnout, “but it’s not the crowd that we usually have.”

Rachel Smith of Lusby enjoyed her meal with her brother, Norman King, and sister, Mary Hawkins, both of Prince Frederick. Smith said she has been invited to the event for the last 12 years.

“It’s good to be with other friends and comrades and the lodge members,” she said. “And the meal is always delicious.”

Lusby resident Gossie Leake, a retired Calvert County Public Schools teacher, said she has attended the event for the past three years.

“They’re very kind people,” she said of the lodge members. “I enjoy fellowshipping with them and eating their delicious food.”

Leake said she likes going to the pre-Thanksgiving meal because she gets to see many of her former students and friends. She said she plans on going to the event again next year.

“It’s a wonderful event and I hope more people will participate in it,” she said.