In honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, the East Meadow Sons of American Legion Post 1082 was out and about, supporting various local initiatives that thanked veterans in the area for their service to the United States.
On Nov. 12, the day kicked off with a fundraiser at The Green Turtle on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., the American Legion, alongside the Fighters of Fire Motorcycle Club, was collecting both nonperishable food items and frozen turkeys for homeless veterans.
Food and money that was donated went on to support organizations such as the United Veterans Beacon House, which offers housing and other essential services throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties to help homeless veterans reintegrate into society.
The American Legion also visited the Fulton Commons Care Center on Merrick Avenue, to honor veterans who were unable to go out in the community for other celebrations.
Members of the American Legion thanked the veterans who live in Fulton Commons with certificates of appreciation and more.
And perhaps the boldest display of pride was set up by the Kiwanis Club of East Meadow.
On the front lawns of both East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools, Key Clubs in the schools set up hundreds of flags, all part of a “Field of Honor.” The flags stay up through December.