Chambers of commerce salute and thank veterans

Among those attending the Power of More Chamber's Veterans Day luncheon were, from left, Cuyahoga County Councilmember Nan Baker, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, local veteran Jack Preston and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons of Rocky River Municipal Court. Photo by Jerry Masek

Members who served in all branches of the United States military were honored at a Veterans Day luncheon hosted by the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, one of the seven chambers participating in the Power of More Chamber. Veterans received a complimentary champagne lunch from the 100th Bomb Group and a veteran flag pin from event co-host Hospice of the Western Reserve.

The guest speaker and lunch sponsor was Lisa Sebastian, president and owner of Ridge Cleaners, who honored all veterans for their service, including her husband John Sebastian, who served in the Air Force.

Twenty-one veterans in total were recognized from the seven chambers of commerce in the Power of More. The following public officials were in attendance to express their gratitude and recognize the Veterans; Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons, Cuyahoga County Councilmember Nan Baker, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy,

Hospice of the Western Reserve ended the program with a touching short poem titled, “What is a Veteran.” There was not a dry eye in the house as the chamber members ended the program by singing “God Bless America.” 

Meg Sullivan

Meg Sullivan is Membership and Communications Director with Power of More Chamber

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017