State Senator and Marine Corps veteran James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon at Applebee's at Five Towns on November 11, 2018 for dozens of veterans. Senator Sanders thanked the vets for their service and invited them to share their opinions and suggestions on how he could better represent their needs at the state government level and here in the community.
"As a proud Marine Corps veteran, it is a pleasure and an honor to share this Veterans Day with my fellow service members - men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom," Senator Sanders said. "They can count on my continued support, not just on Veterans Day, but every day."
Most of the guests at the luncheon came from the NYS Veterans' Home At St. Albans, but veteran leaders from the community were also present. They included: William McDonald, current Commander of the American Legion Rosedale-Laurelton Post 483, and Lee Blackmon, a past commander of the same post.
We would like to thank Applebee's for their support and cooperation in helping us host this event, and applaud their policy of serving free entrees to service members on Veterans Day.