North Carolina Bankers to Host Military Appreciation Luncheon

May 9, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact:
Brandon Wright,
Director of Communications
brandon@ncbankers.org

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s banks are hosting a special Military Appreciation Luncheon on May 10 at noon at the Governor’s Mansion, 200 Blount Street in Raleigh. Events commence with a ceremony featuring patriotic music from the Athens Drive High School Choir and presentation of the colors by the Joint Forces Color Guard.

The luncheon will include an address by Governor Bev Perdue. The purpose of the gathering is to recognize the substantial presence of the nation’s armed services in our state and to reflect the support by North Carolinians for the dedicated men and women who serve our country. With more than 420,000 jobs in North Carolina directly or indirectly sustained by the defense industry and military installations here, that military presence currently has a $24 billion impact on our statewide economy.

Military leadership representing the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and the North Carolina National Guard will assemble in Raleigh for the event.

This luncheon is the latest example of the banking industry’s commitment to military personnel and facilities based in North Carolina. The banking industry is committed to supporting their ongoing efforts and believes that the economic impact created by the bases, those who wear the uniform and the civilian personnel who support them is a major economic engine propelling our state forward. In 2011, North Carolina’s banks provided funds to install new “Welcome to North Carolina” signs at the borders of North Carolina on Interstate 85, Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 17. Those signs specify our state as “The Nation’s Most Military Friendly State.” Over the past 10 years, North Carolina banks have funded strategically placed billboards on major highways highlighting “The Nation’s Most Military Friendly State.”

Bankers have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been provided to family/child care services at our state’s military bases to assist families of deployed military personnel. On April 26, 2008, North Carolina’s banks led a Salute To The Troops parade down the state capital’s main street, Fayetteville Street, as 50,000 spectators applauded military units from all North Carolina installations. The highlight of the parade was a flyover by three F-15 E Phantom jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force base. To conclude the festival, the state’s banks provided a Down East barbeque lunch on the Halifax Mall for all military personnel and members of their families.

The NCBA brings together all categories of banking institutions to best represent the interests of this rapidly changing industry. With 144 members, it has helped all North Carolina banks support their communities since 1897. It can be found at www.ncba.com.

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