O’Neill’s Restaurant welcomes the NYPD Honor Legion
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 09, 2014 | 8728 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
O’Neill’s Restaurant owner George O’Neill welcomes members of the NYPD Honor Legion to his restaurant last week.
O’Neill’s Restaurant owner George O’Neill welcomes members of the NYPD Honor Legion to his restaurant last week.
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Children look on as Santa Claus makes his entrance to the annual holiday luncheon.
Children look on as Santa Claus makes his entrance to the annual holiday luncheon.
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NYPD Honor Legion members present children with holiday gifts.
NYPD Honor Legion members present children with holiday gifts.
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For more than 30 years, the NYPD Honor Legion has held their annual holiday luncheon for the surviving families of officers that were killed in the line of duty at Maspeth's O’Neill’s Restaurant.

Oscar Hernandez, the president of the 114-year-old fraternal organization, said the annual event is especially important to the children, who got a chance to meet with Santa Claus at this year's luncheon.

“We take care of them with events like this,” Hernandez said at O'Neill's last Friday.

In order to continue their annual college scholarship program and other benefits for the families, Hernandez said the organization holds numerous fundraising events. Currently, the NYPD Honor Legion takes care of roughly 3,000 active members.

When the Maspeth restaurant burned down two years ago, Hernandez said owner George O’Neill tried to continue the event during the rebuilding process.

“He wanted to get a catering hall and pay for it so we could still have this event,” Hernandez said. “We didn’t allow that since he has already done more than his generous share. But let me tell you, that guy has the biggest heart.”

O’Neill has offered his space and food to the NYPD Honor Legion every year since he took ownership from his father decades ago.

“We feed them and they get to use the facility,” he said. “O’Neill’s takes care of everything.”

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