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Sorority honors MLK's legacy with dinner for veterans

U.S. Army veterans Leonard Hamilton, Michael Hardy and

U.S. Army veterans Leonard Hamilton, Michael Hardy and Eugene Nash, with Vashti Burke, president of the Pi Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and other veterans James Miles, James Smith and Edgar Harvey, at the "Salute to Veterans" dinner, which honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 19, 2014) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

In its third annual “Salute to Veterans” dinner, which honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Pi Pi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosted about 50 people Sunday at the New Cassel Memorial Post No. 1861 of the American Legion in Westbury.

The event, which was attended by six veterans, began with a singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” followed by an a capella version of “We Shall Overcome” by Pi Pi Omega President Vashti Burke.

Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell attended and expressed gratitude for the veterans’ service.

The Pi Pi Omega chapter also presented veterans with appreciation certificates and a $200 check for Post No. 1861.

Dressed with their outfits adorned in pink colors, the Pi Pi sorority sisters served the veterans lasagna, garlic bread, salad and cake.

“This is great. Everyone is having a good time,” said U.S. Army veteran Leonard Hamilton, 75, of Westbury. “It means a lot to us to be honored by the sorority sisters.”

James Smith, an 80-year-old U.S. Army veteran and Westbury resident who served in the Korean War, agreed.

“Today, I feel so lucky to be here. Even if it was raining or snowing real bad outside, today is a beautiful day.” 

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