Honoring veterans in East Meadow



n East Meadow there was no shortage of support for veterans this year in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

East Meadow Kiwanis put up American flags at East Meadow and W.T. Clark high schools for their annual Field of Honor. Members of Kiwanis, Athletes Helping Athletes and the East Meadow community volunteered to put them up on the school grounds, totaling over 200 flags.

With all of the donations in hand from the pre-Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 5, Pete Wenninger from the American Legion Post 1082, headed to the Veterans Food Pantry behind Nassau University Medical Center to drop them off for veterans in need. The donations from the community totaled five shopping carts.

The East Meadow Veterans of Foreign War Post 2736 had their own little celebration. Leaders of the VFW organize the program each year. Members came together at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 to commemorate the holiday with some breakfast sweets and coffee while they chatted about the war and enjoyed each other’s company.

To honor those who couldn’t get to any Veterans Day celebration on their own, Wenninger organized a trip to the Fulton Commons Care Center on Merrick Avenue in East Meadow on Nov. 11. Those who served got to come down and enjoy coffee and donuts with the legion members.