The Feb. 24 meeting was a great deal of fun and food. It was our annual indoor-outdoor picnic, which caters to the gourmets in our group (everybody), whose idea of a spectacular meal consists of hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans — all catered by IGA’s great deli department.
Our picnic day also was our Black History Month celebration, run by Eleanor Lingo. She brought to us the mother of Garfield Langhorn, a Riverhead boy killed in Vietnam. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. The new Riverhead Post Office and the Pulaski Street School library are named after him, and his bust is outside Riverhead Town Hall. We gave Ms. Langhorn our serious and heartfelt attention when she spoke about her boy. As usual, Eleanor made this day very special for us.
Most of our meetings are interesting, but when Walter Suskevich got up to tell in his inimitable way about the fire that burned down his and wife Doris’ home in Peconic, it was special. On Dec. 10 they were awakened by their cats Leo and Lola, who scratched on the window. They got out safely, as did Leo and Lola, who will be getting the best food forever.
Elaine Nunninger, one of our members residing permanently at San Simeon, was taken a picnic lunch by true friends and members Grace Zukas and Isabel Trunce. It helped make Elaine feel part of our group again.
See you again on March 10. Fly your flag and keep praying for our guys and gals in uniform.