Sean Lee will serve his annual, free, public Thanksgiving Day dinner for residents of Milan and surrounding communities from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22, at the American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave., Milan.
Mr. Lee is a painter at XPAC packaging company in Milan. He paints his efforts preparing the annual holiday meal as a way to give something back to the Milan area.
"Some people just need a place to go on Thanksgiving," he said, "to enjoy dinner, spend quality time with friends and neighbors, and meet new acquaintances. That's why I do it." And he has been doing it for years at various clubs in Milan. This will be the third year he has served the traditional meal at the Milan Legion, where he is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 569.
He will cook 10 turkeys for the main course, and serve them with all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, including dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, and a variety of salads and side dishes; even chicken and noodles, lasagna, and pumpkin pie. He purchases the items from his own pocket, plus food and monetary donations from individuals. Friends and Legion members help with meal preparation and serving. The Milan Legion donates use of their kitchen and meeting hall for his annual event.
"We'll serve until 5 p.m. or until the food is gone," Mr. Lee said. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.