Thank You!

Thank You to our Amazing Community!

The Havelock Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all the amazing people who made this year’s Salute to the Veterans possible. Each and every individual made an immense contribution to the success of this night, for which we are eternally grateful.

Special Thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, MajGen Tom Braaten, USMC (Ret).

2D MAW Marine Corps Brass Quintet

  • LCpl Haack 
  • Cpl Lugo 
  • Cpl Franklin 
  • Sgt McCullough 
  • SSgt Franco

2D Marine Aircraft Wing Color Guard

  • LCpl Sean Bowman, Rifleman
  • LCpl Drake Benton, Rifleman
  • Cpl Luis Amador Flores,Organizational Colors 
  • Sgt Eric Campbell, Color Sergeant
  • PFC Daniel Sanchez, Alternate Rifleman

Our AMAZING Volunteers

  • George Cook and Kat Cook 
  • Mary Beth Fennell 
  • Lori Glass
  • Shirlley Kelly 
  • Marlene Lynch
  • Linda Jo Wynn

The beautiful Art Murals by Jim Beasley

With the setup crew of: 

  • George Cook
  • Richard Hazlett
  • David Jennings
  • Jimmy Wooliever

Our Incredible Table Sponsors

Baldree's Tire Pros of Havelock
Blue Arbor
Boone's Truck Center
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative
Cherry Point 688 Masonic Lodge
George Corbin
The Cline Family
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Craven Community College
Don Beaver
Fisher Oil Fuel Market
Federal Managers Association (FMA)
First Carolina, REALTORS
First Citizens Bank
George Cook and Kat Cook
Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club
Havelock Military Affairs Committee
Jackson Companies
Jim Beasley
Kurtis Chevrolet
Little Caesars Pizza
Marine Federal Credit Union
MSgt and Mrs. Bob Warren
Navy Federal Credit Union
Neuse River Region Association of Realtors
Quality Body Shop
R2 Home Repair & Maintenance
Rice's Rentaland
The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter 92
Tom Braaten
Trent Cadillac Buick GMC
VFW Auxiliary Post 7315
Women Veterans of Coastal North Carolina

Title Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Keynote Speaker

Secretary Larry D. Hall

Larry D. Hall is currently serving as the Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.  Secretary Hall represented Durham County, North Carolina’s 29th District in the House of Representatives, since 2006 and he led House Democrats since 2012. Born and raised in his district and a student of public schools, Leader Hall earned a B.S. with Honors in Political Science and Business from Johnson C. Smith University and a J.D. from the School of Law at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon undergrad graduation, he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. A decorated officer, Leader Hall served 16 years in the United States Marines and Marine Corps Reserves and served in the support of the Operations in the Middle East in Lebanon and Iran. Leader Hall has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Citation from the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, Training Officer, Battalion Area Security Officer, Staff Judge Advocate, Communications Security Officer and Logistics Officer. Leader Hall also served as Legal Officer and was formerly Commandant for the Marine Corps League Detachment, which assists Marines transitioning from activity duty to civilian life in locating employment, housing and educational opportunities for their families.