The patriotic Town of Brookhaven spared no expense in ensuring our great Veterans were honored and remembered this Veterans Day.  

Schools and communities across the town showed their support and gratitude for our Veterans. From Selden to Sound Beach, Brookhaven was red, white, and blue for the men and women who have served. 

In Sound Beach, the annual wreath laying took place at the Sound Beach Veterans Memorial Park. Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Rocky Point) attended the ceremony and gave her thoughts. 

“It’s an honor to recognize the men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve freedom and liberty around the world,” said Councilwoman Bonner. “It is important that our Veterans know we are grateful for their service, courage, and patriotism.” 

Meanwhile, in Selden, Suffolk County Legislator Nick Caracappa (C-Selden) hosted a benefit with Texas Roadhouse on Middle Country Road. Veterans could drive up to the restaurant and receive a voucher for a free meal. 

“I was proud to join Kristina Wilson and the staff of Texas Roadhouse in Selden in distributing over 900 meal vouchers to our local Veterans,” said Legislator Caracappa. “This annual event has doubled in the number of vouchers since it started two years ago, but Texas Roadhouse never says no to any Veteran who shows up. The drive-through event was packed all day, as was the restaurant itself with hundreds of Veterans enjoying a meal in honor of their services. I was honored to be a small part of saluting our Veterans.” 

Meanwhile, the schools also celebrated the day with the utmost respect and honor for our Veterans. 

The Center Moriches School District held its annual Walk of Heroes Celebration on November 9 to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Beginning at Center Moriches High School, local Veterans walked through the hallways lined by students waving American flags. Students who have family members who are Veterans joined their heroes as they paraded through the building. The Walk of Heroes then continued through the Middle School and onto Clayton Huey Elementary School. 

Students expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices Veterans made and for their service to the United States. Additionally, they learned about Veterans Day through in-class activities and lessons. 

In Three Village, the school district honored Veterans Day with several in-class lessons and events. Students of all grade levels at Arrowhead Elementary School designed cards and wrote messages of thanks to be donated to the Northport VA. Additionally, the Arrowhead school community participated in a Jeans for Troops Day on Thursday, November 9. They collected monetary donations for the GI GO Fund which helps Veterans returning to civilian life. 

Similarly, the W.S. Mount Elementary School student government sponsored “Red, White and Jeans,” raising $330 to benefit military Veterans and their families. Students and staff donated one dollar to wear jeans for the day. They also created cards, placemats, and thank you notes to be delivered to the Stony Brook Veterans Home. 

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Matt Meduri serves as the Editor in Chief of the Messenger Papers and writer of America the Beautiful and This Week Today columns. As a graduate of St. Joseph's University, Matt has been working in the political journalism field for over 5 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, enjoys cooking and writing his own recipes, and traveling throughout the United States including Guam.