Madison Rotary Club: Bob Keiser on son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel
Our own Bob Keiser was featured in the Madison Rotary Club‘s October 2014 newsletter. Bob was a recent guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club where he spoke about his son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel and about APK Charities and our upcoming 5K race as well as our 5K Ruck/Walk and our Fun Run. He showed the Club a video of the dignified transfer when Capt. Pedersen-Keel, lovingly known as “PK” to his friends and family, made his final journey home.
For those of you who don’t know what a dignified transfer is, please see below:
A dignified transfer is the process by which, upon the return from the theater of operations to the United States, the remains of fallen military members are transferred from the aircraft to a waiting vehicle and then to the Carson Center port mortuary. The dignified transfer is not a ceremony; rather, it is a solemn movement of the transfer case by a carry team of military personnel from the fallen member’s respective service. A dignified transfer is conducted for every U.S. military member who dies in the theater of operation while in the service of their country. A senior ranking officer of the fallen member’s service presides over each dignified transfer.
Bob also discussed the causes that APK Charities supports. Proceeds from this inaugural 5K event will go to the Fisher House Foundation, the Special Forces Charitable Trust, and the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial.
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Margaret Tehan for APK Charities Corporation, in memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel