On April 23, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a Military Recognition Reception from 3-5pm at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. This reception, held to honor the hardworking men and women of the military, recognized over 150 military personnel from local commands. The service members were joined at the reception by their families, military leadership, elected officials, and businessmen and women from the region.
The reception’s guest speaker was Blaine Taylor, Head Coach for Old Dominion University’s men’s basketball team.
Taylor thanked the honorees for their hard work and dedication. “This is your chance to have someone give you a pat on the back,” he said. “We greatly, greatly appreciate what you do.” He said that he reminds his players constantly that the work the military does is incomparable. “I try to get my players to put in perspective what you all do for us,” he said. He praised honorees saying “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
The Chamber holds Military Recognition Receptions twice a year because the military services are such an important part of our region. The Chamber has been recognizing the accomplishments of the military at these receptions for more than 15 years.
Many thanks to sponsors: City of Norfolk (Gold); Norfolk Waterside Marriott (Hospitality); GEICO (Gold Military Program Partner); Cox Communications (Media); USAA and USA Discounters (Silver); ECPI University (Bronze); Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (Special Military ProgramPartner); First Command Financial Planning, Regent University and Saint Leo University (Bronze Military Program Partners).