Tree Planting in Remembrance of Maj. Andreas (Andy) O’Keeffe

On Saturday, May 18th the Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches planted a tree at Kaler’s Pond Park in East Moriches in remembrance of Maj. Andreas (Andy) O’Keeffe (aged 35) of the Jolly 51 Air Rescue Wing based out of Westhampton Beach. Family, friends, and community members came to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Andy, who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq in March 2018. There were encouraging words from many community members who remember Andy in a special way. Many veteran clubs came to honor Major O’Keeffe, including the Patriotic Guard, VFW, and Knights of Columbus.

The weather could not have been better. Thank you to all those who helped put this event together and spoke such endearing words for this local American hero.

 
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