Queens senator alters annual veterans barbecue amid COVID-19 pandemic

Courtesy of Addabbo's office

Each year since being elected in 2008, state Senator Joseph Addabbo has hosted an end-of-summer barbecue to honor local veterans and thank them for their service.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when public health is paramount, Addabbo didn’t want to abandon this event, so he altered the annual barbecue to be a grab-and-go lunch for veterans this year.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, veterans are invited to come out to the Howard Beach Motor Club, located at 59 Russell St. in Hamilton Beach, from noon to 2 p.m. to drive by and pick up a free lunch provided by Russo’s on the Bay.

“This year is unlike any other that we have faced in recent memory,” Addabbo said. “As we struggle to find some sense of normalcy, I wanted to continue this great event and help to honor our dedicated veterans. As I like to say, every day is Veterans Day, and this is one small way that we get to thank the local veterans.”

In accordance with social distancing guidelines, veterans will be asked to take their lunch and leave the Howard Beach Motor Cub to avoid overcrowding. In order to attend this event and get their free lunch, veterans are asked to call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111 to register.

“I would like to thank the Howard Beach Motor Club for allowing us to use their facility for this altered event, Frank Russo for providing the veteran’s free to-go meals, and to all of our military men and women for their service,” Addabbo said. “I encourage all veterans to call my office to register for this event so they can come to get acknowledged and honored.”

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