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Tickets for Salute to the Military still available

COURTESY OF JOHN MCFARLAND 
 Major General Mark Brown will be the featured speaker at the 37th annual Salute to the Military event Oct. 20.
COURTESY OF JOHN MCFARLAND Major General Mark Brown will be the featured speaker at the 37th annual Salute to the Military event Oct. 20.

Tickets are on sale through Friday for the 37th annual Salute to the Military event, set for Oct. 20 at the Coast Convention Center.

The event has a tradition of bringing the nation's top military leaders to the Coast to honor our local servicemen and women, said John McFarland, chairman and master of ceremonies.

Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, commander of the 2nd Air Force, will be this year's featured speaker along with U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, the commanders of each Coast military installation and Eric Brown, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce chairman.

McFarland said the Salute will feature an exclusive look at a new film on the Vietnam War, as it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.

Tickets cannot be bought after Friday, McFarland said.

Each ticket includes an invitation for a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., a ceremonial program at 7 p.m. and dinner at 7:45 followed be the featured speakers.

Black tie or dress uniform is preferred, but business attire is accepted.

Salute to the Military is open to all and tickets 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.

Reserve tickets by contacting the Coast Chamber at 604-0014, emailing Dhiana McKaig at Dhiana@mscoastchamber.com, or by visiting the Chamber's office in the Knight Nonprofit Center on Seaway Road.

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