As a member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors I was proud to attend and support the annual Veterans Breakfast this morning. Business and Community leaders came together to honor and recognize and thank all the region's veterans. Major General Gary Keefe gave the introduction and had all the veterans from the past wars and conflicts stand to be recognized. We were blessed to have a WWII Veteran in attendance. Command Sargeant Major (ret) Skip Solderholm was the keynote speaker who shared a story from one of their missions. The room of over 400 was totally silent. His message was one of encouragement for us ALL to have a common vision, to unite and not divide, to remove all negativity, to be team players and have a higher purpose than self. I was also blessed to see an old friend Larry Coates – Larry served in the Vietnam War flying Bell AH-1 Cobra and Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters.
The morning was an inspiration, and I am thankful to all the Veterans who have served to put freedom of us all above self. THANK YOU, VETERANS, – we honor and celebrate you!