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Community gathers on Memorial Day to pay tribute to Pfc. Andrew Keller


by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Keller family releases balloons with messages for Andrew at the conclusion of a touching Memorial Day dedication ceremony on Monday afternoon. Monday’s rain showers lifted as hundreds in the community packed into the roundabout on Southwest Barrows Road for the dedication of the new Andrew Keller Memorial Circle.

The circle has been transformed into a permanent memorial honoring the life and service of Pfc. Andrew Keller who was killed in action Aug. 15, 2012, during an enemy attack in Afghanistan. The 22-year-old Tigard soldier was serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team when enemy forces attacked the unit he was leading with small arms fire.

On this Memorial Day, friends, former teachers, veterans, Boy Scouts and even those who never met Andrew, gathered to support the people dearest to the 2008 Southridge High School graduate: Andrew’s parents Jeff and Kim, his younger brother Derek and his fiance Marissa Jones.

During the dedication ceremony, they remembered Andrew and honored the memories of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon Army National Guard Sergeants Brett Roesch, left, and Jeff Robinson make preparations at the Andrew Keller Memorial Circle during a Memorial Day program honoring Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, who was killed in action while serving our country.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Pfc. Andrew Keller's mother Kim Keller leans on his fiance Marissa Jones as they listen to Andrew Schlueter play 'Amazing Grace' on the bagpipes during the Memorial Day dedication ceremony honoring the 22-year-old Tigard soldier who was killed in action this past August in Afghanistan.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A large crowd gathered together in the Southwest Barrows Road roundabout to remember and honor Andrew Keller and other service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Derek Keller, Marissa Jones and Kim Keller cry as an American Flag is raised in Pfc. Andrew Keller's honor in the new Andrew Keller Memorial Circle on Southwest Barrows Road.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Derek Keller holds his mother Kim's hand as the community gathered to remember their beloved brother and son.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Southridge High School sophomore Thomas Grooms holds an American Flag as he makes his way to a waiting military honor guard at the newly installed flag pole at the Andrew Keller Memorial Circle that he helped create as part of his Eagle Scout project.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Members of the Oregon Army National Guard Honor Guard salute the American Flag as Olivia Geller sings the 'Star Spangled Banner.' The Keller and Jones families visited Andrew Keller's resting place at Willamette National Cemetery on Sunday to unfold the flag above the 2008 Southridge High School graduate's grave. The same flag now flies in a place of honor on the roundabout just down the road from the Kellers' home.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Braxton Alverts and his mother Michelle watch as hundreds of balloons with messages for Andrew Keller are released into the air during a Memorial Day ceremony in Southwest Beaverton.



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