Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Announces Salute to Veterans Award Winners


Alexandria Chamber of Commerce


The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce announced today the winners of its 2015 Salute to Veterans Awards. The program, in its inaugural year, will recognize businesses that demonstrate leadership in hiring and empowering veterans and transitioning service members, or are representative of the entrepreneurial success of a local veteran business owner.  The second portion of the program will recognize local citizens as a Distinguished Patriot.

For 2015, the Chamber has selected the following businesses for recognition:

Being honored in the Distinguished Patriot Category are Bill McNamara and Warden Foley. Mr. McNamara was the publisher of Stars and Stripes during WWII and landed on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Closer to home, he was the commander of American Legion Post 24 when the Legion gifted Gadsby’s Tavern to the City of Alexandria back in 1972. Mr. Warden was part of the Legion at this time and both were instrumental in preserving the historic significance of the building prior to the city taking possession.

The Chamber’s annual Salute to Veterans program, presented by Grant Thornton, LLC, will bestow awards on the honorees at its Salute to Veterans event on November 12, 2015, hosted at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  The event will begin at 8am and will be followed by a breakfast reception.

“The Alexandria Chamber is deeply proud to honor these businesses and distinguished patriots who have not only served their country, but continue to serve Alexandria with significant contributions. It is their service and leadership that continue to make Alexandria a vibrant and thriving community” stated Walter Clarke, 2015 Board Chairman.

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