East Northport, NY – 200 Suffolk County Veterans gathered with local officials on Monday, May 6th for the 2019 Veterans Appreciation Breakfast. The annual event, coordinated by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. and donated by the owners of The Larkfield in East Northport, is a small token of thanks to our veterans for all that they have done to keep our country free and safe. Honorees recognized for their service and tremendous sacrifice this year included four Long Island heroes from the Jolly 51 Crew of the 106th New York Air National Guard Rescue Wing who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in western Iraq in 2018 - Major Andy O’Keeffe- Major Chris “Tripp” Zanetis- Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso - and Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs.
“We must always remember that our freedom is not free; it is a gift from the service members, past and present, who dedicate themselves to protecting our country for the greater good of all. Thank you to the families of Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso and Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs for being with us today, and all the veterans who came out to share in the camaraderie that has been fostered at this event year after year,” stated Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.
Attendees of the breakfast were asked to sign a Suffolk County Flag which will be flown above the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge on Veterans Day.
Suffolk County is home to the largest veteran population in New York State and has one of the highest veteran populations in the country. Accordingly, the county has prioritized the need for support and opportunities for our service men and women. Contact the Suffolk County Veterans Agency at (631) 853-VETS or visit http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/veterans/home.aspx for more information and assistance.
From left to right: Legislator William Spencer; Rebecca Briggs, widow of Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs; Legislator Al Krupski; Legislator Kara Hahn; and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.
From left to right: Legislator William Spencer; Legislator Susan Berland; Laura and John, the parents of Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso; Legislator Leslie Kennedy; and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.