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Harford Chamber of Commerce honors military with annual luncheon

From left, Barry D. Decker, director of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; Monica Worrell, business development director at APGFCU; and Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford, were on hand for the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

From left, Barry D. Decker, director of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; Monica Worrell, business development director at APGFCU; and Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford, were on hand for the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

From left, Jeff Kordela, Supporting Strategies Chesapeake Region; Col. Robert Von Tersch, director of the Strategic Partnership Office at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense; and Rick Staton, CMIT Solutions of Upper Chesapeake, enjoy the festivities at Richlin Catering & Event Center. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

From left, Jeff Kordela, Supporting Strategies Chesapeake Region; Col. Robert Von Tersch, director of the Strategic Partnership Office at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense; and Rick Staton, CMIT Solutions of Upper Chesapeake, enjoy the festivities at Richlin Catering & Event Center. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

From lerft, Mike MacPherson, president and CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union; Rick Fletcher, executive vice president with The Kelly Group; and Michael Dixon, secretart of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union’s board of directors, attended the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

From lerft, Mike MacPherson, president and CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union; Rick Fletcher, executive vice president with The Kelly Group; and Michael Dixon, secretart of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union’s board of directors, attended the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Guests enjoyed great food and a great program during the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Guests enjoyed great food and a great program during the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, welcomes guests to the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, welcomes guests to the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, the outgoing commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, receives a recognition plaque from Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, the outgoing commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, receives a recognition plaque from Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Performers re-enact scenes from military history in “The U.S. Military Through the Ages Tableau.” (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Performers re-enact scenes from military history in “The U.S. Military Through the Ages Tableau.” (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

World War II veteran Vernon Foster is recognized for his service during the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

World War II veteran Vernon Foster is recognized for his service during the 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Harford Chamber President and CEO Angela Rose presents Lucas Taylor with a memory book of his and Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor's time in Harford County, complete with photos and heartfelt messages from Chamber members. Taylor is the outgoing commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

Harford Chamber President and CEO Angela Rose presents Lucas Taylor with a memory book of his and Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor’s time in Harford County, complete with photos and heartfelt messages from Chamber members. Taylor is the outgoing commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground. (Photo by Mid-Atlantic Photographic)

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 42nd annual Military Appreciation Luncheon May 16 at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood.

Planned by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs committee, the yearly luncheon serves as an opportunity for the business community to show its gratitude to servicemembers and veterans for their contributions to the country.

The event featured guest speaker Gen. Carter F. Ham, president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army, who spoke about “Why America’s Army Needs You.”

Sue Manning of Freedom Federal Credit Union and Karen Holt of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development were the event emcees and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman welcomed guests. Attendees enjoyed a performance of the U.S. military throughout history, and a display of the world’s first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer. Two World War II veterans – Vernon Foster and William Kruse – were also recognized.

Aberdeen Proving Ground Commander Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor was also honored for his time at Aberdeen Proving Ground as he prepares to move to his next assignment.

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