msnbc | November 22, 2012
>>> we celebrate the holiday here at home, there are thousands of brave american service members overseas spending their thanksgiving together. we have a report from kabul .
>> reporter: it's thanksgiving in afghanistan , and these u.s. service members are celebrating with some football and the new york jets, who have donated jerseys for this ultimate football tournament. each jersey has a number 12 on it, signifying the 12th man, letting these service members know that their sacrifices have not been forgotten.
>> happy thanksgiving .
>> out here in the army, coming and doing an event like this in afghanistan , you're around your military family.
>> thanksgiving day , for years i've been playing football in the morning and watching football in the afternoon. that's what this is all about today here in afghanistan with all the u.s. service members being here.
>> happy thanks giving.
>> happy thanksgiving , alexandria, virginia.
>> happy thanksgiving , chicago.
>> happy thanks giving to my wife. i love you!
>> kabul , afghanistan !
>> happy thanksgiving ! woo!
>> reporter: football aside, this is where the real thanksgiving takes place, the part with the food at this dining facility. 98 men have been working really hard to bring all the trimmings to more than 2,000 coalition members, including turkeys, hams, even pumpkin pie .
>> i think it's awesome. it blew me away to come in and see everything like this. they like to go big for the holidays, but seeing the carving beef station and sliced turkey, that was cool.
>> they decorated is kind of like a firework exploded in here. it's nice.
>> is there something you miss from home?
>> my family, for sure my family and friends . just being around them. it's a sacrifice we all have to make. if anything, i'm happy to be here with everyone else that's not around their families.
>> reporter: all in all, this isn't thanksgiving at mom's, but for these military men and women, they're grateful to be sharing a thanksgiving meal with their military families. nbc news, kabul .