Coast Chamber Sponsors Saulte to Military with Gen. James F. Amos


Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the featured speaker at the 35th annual Salute to the Military on Oct. 22 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this formal Salute ceremony and dinner for 35 years, which brings the nation’s top military leaders to the Mississippi Coast to join in tribute to our local neighbors in uniform, said Salute chairman and master of ceremonies John McFarland of the Sun Herald, a Salute sponsor.

Amos will join Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, Chamber chairman Angie Juzang, and the commanders of each Coast military installation in recognizing the contributions of area military personnel.

The Salute includes entertainment by the U.S. Navy Band of New Orleans and the presentation of the annual Thomas V. Fredian Community Service Award, presented by the Chamber to one outstanding enlisted honoree. Guests also are treated to a unique collection of military exhibits in the convention center and on the grounds of the Coliseum.

The evening includes a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the Convention Center, and a program at 7 p.m. Dinner will served at 7:30 followed by entertainment and remarks by Juzang, Bryant, Palazzo and Amos.

“Chamber members have been honoring our military neighbors in this very public way for 35 years, something no other American community can claim,” said Salute co-chairman Bob Coniglione of PAE, a Salute sponsor. “This tradition has been very important to the military and to the community. Every year, we have been able to bring one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or a service secretary to the Coast to help honor our military neighbors.”

The event is black tie or dress uniform preferred, but business dress is accepted, Coniglione said.

The Salute is open to the public. Tickets, which include dinner, the Salute ceremonies and after-dinner program, are $60 for civilians and retired military and $50 for uniformed military. Reserved tables of 10 are available for $600 for civilians and retired military and $500 for uniformed military. Corporate sponsorships are available to provide complimentary tickets to enlisted personnel at area installations.

“Our goal is always to provide sponsored tickets to every enlisted military member who wants to come,” McFarland said. “We encourage businesses to sponsor tickets for the military or, if they purchase a table for themselves and won’t use all 10 tickets, to let us know and we’ll distribute the extra tickets in their name.”

Attendance is limited to 1,100. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Coast Chamber at 604-0014, by emailing or by visiting the Chamber’s office in the Knight Nonprofit Center on Seaway Road in Gulfport.

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