Military Appreciation Lunch
By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade
TEMPLE, Texas – The Temple Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee held their annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Sept. 14 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.
The purpose of the event was for community leaders to express their appreciation to current and former military members. Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were in attendance along with other Fort Hood Soldiers, local military veterans and member of the Temple community
“The chamber does a lot of events throughout the year I don’t believe that an event that we do is more important than this one,” said Bourdon Wooten, president of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “I hope that, in some way, this expresses our sincere gratitude for the commitment courage and contributions that all of you made.”
The event featured a meal catered by Schoepf’s BBQ in Belton. The restaurant was damaged in a flood less than two weeks ago but still managed to deliver on their promise to provide the food for the luncheon. The colors were posted by the Temple High School Air Force ROTC Color Guard, and the Temple High School Polyfoniks performed several patriotic songs for the crowd.
Col. Terence J. Hildner, 13th SC(E) commander, was the keynote speaker at the event. He thanked the temple community for their love and commitment to the soldiers.
“The soldiers that sit amongst you as friends and neighbors are among the best in the world,” he said. “They are dedicated to the preservation of peace and the avoidance of war whenever possible. They are always committed to national, not personal interests.”
He mentioned the importance of support networks for military families, who move frequently and experience long periods of separation through deployments. And he said the Temple community has a long history of supporting families and expressing their appreciation to Soldiers.
“Only through the support of the community can military families weather the emotional storms of deployments,” Hildner said. “The Temple community has been just such a community: a rock for these families.”
Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) wait eagerly in line for lunch catered by Schoepf's BBQ at the military appreciation luncheon hosted by the Temple Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee Sept. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)
Col. Terence Hildner, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), is presented with a flag at the military appreciation luncheon hosted by the Temple Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee Sept. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)