March 29, 2021 is the 4th Annual National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This day was signed into law by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump as a part of The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce, along with the Association of the United States Army/Central Texas-Fort Hood are Commemorative Partners with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.
As authorized by the United States Congress and on behalf of a Nation, we are doing now what should have been done 50 years ago. That is to formally thank and honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce honored 5 Vietnam Veterans at a pinning program this year. US Navy Petty Officer Third Class Dale Edmonds, US Navy Fireman Larry Hare, US Marines Private Maurice Poole, and United States Navy Hiram Reynolds.
Thanking and honoring veterans and their families is the right thing to do. We Americans appreciate Veteran’s service and support of the United States of America.
The Commemoration focuses on specifically thanking and honoring our 7.2 million living Vietnam Veterans and the 9 million families of those who served during the Vietnam War period. The Commemoration recognizes all Vietnam veterans who served on active duty in the US Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 regardless of duty location or branch of service. No distinction is made between veterans who served in-country or who were stationed elsewhere during that period. All were called to serve, and many of these veterans served honorably.
The lapel pin contains,
The Eagle – The eagle represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation. As one of the most recognition and notable American symbols, it is emblazoned with distinction on numerous military
Blue circle – Blue matches the canton of the American flag and signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The circle shape and blue color also match the official seal of the commemoration.
Laurel wreath – A time-honored symbol representing victory, integrity, and strength
Stripes – The stripes behind the eagle represent the American flag.
Stars – The six stars represent the six allies who served, sacrificed, and fought alongside one another: Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States.
Message – “A grateful nation thanks and honors you” is embossed on the back, closest to the heart of the wearer. Also, the official name of the commemoration is included to remind each veteran that this is a national initiative, and this lapel pin is the nation’s lasting memento of thanks.
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed annually on March 29th. Mom and pop business is a synonym for small business, so Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners.
Mom and Pop Business Owners Day recognizes the critical role that small businesses play in the United States (and Central Texas!) economy. Let’s celebrate by taking a few moments to show the local small businesses a little bit of love and support.
Facts About Small Businesses:
This #NationalMomAndPopBusinessOwnerDay (and year-round!) celebrate by shopping at local small businesses that are vital and unique to our community. Whether you shop safely in-person or through their websites or social platforms, remember to #shopsmall, #shoplocal, and support businesses in our community!
When you spend money locally, you are keeping your neighbor’s business open, supporting their employees, and Temple’s resilience while positioning Temple to thrive.
For shopping inspiration visit: https://bit.ly/ShopTempleChamberMembers
Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month honors women’s contributions to American history. Taking a closer look at the local level, we want to celebrate the contributions Central Texas Women have made to the Temple Chamber of Commerce and the community.
First, we celebrate champions of business and community who served as Chair of the Temple Chamber’s Board of Directors. In the Chamber’s 114-year history, the Chamber has had two women in this role. Those women are Connie Madsen (1995) and Seleese Thompson (2009). Connie and Seleese built, shaped, and improved upon both the organization and the community.
Connie also chaired other committees, such as the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team of the American Institute of Architects (R/UDAT). In the late 1990s, R/UDAT created a plan for the revitalization of Downtown Temple. This work set the foundation for the current work happening in the heart of the city.
Seleese grew up in Temple, “riding her big wheel” up and down Scott Blvd. She has served and is active in many community organizations, including the Chamber and the United Way of Central Texas. She is a local business owner of Precious Memories Florist and Gift Shop, and her involvement has contributed to the growth and success of the business community.
Next, we celebrate other local businesswomen who currently serve in leadership roles within the Chamber as members of the Board of Directors. All are active members of the Chamber and community and nominated by their peers to impact the organization.
Claire Hartman, an Owner/Partner of First Community Title, is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee as a Vice-Chair for Organization Improvement. Shannon Gowan, Executive Director of The Ronald McDonald House, Kim Langston, Owner of 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard, and Jessica Walker, Owner of Lengefeld Lumber Company, all serve as members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Finally, we celebrate our Chamber Member Woman-Owned Businesses. They lead their workplaces and grow their businesses to the benefit of our community. The Woman-Owned Businesses that are a part of the Temple Chamber Membership offer unique products and services that give Central Texas its unique identity.
Each of these women shapes and defines the Temple Chamber of Commerce and the Central Texas community. They are all strong role models for young women and girls interested in entrepreneurship and leadership. This Women’s History Month, we honor and recognize their contributions to our organization and the community.