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On Memorial Day, reflection of gratitude and remembrance

May 27, 2024

As we enjoy this long holiday weekend, Memorial Day is a reflection on the significance of the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform.

Memorial Day is not just another holiday. It is a solemn reminder of the courageous people who have given their lives in service to our country.

These heroes made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom and peace. Their selflessness and dedication to duty serve as an inspiration to us all.

On this day, let us honor and remember the fallen soldiers who have defended our nation and protected our way of life. Let us pay tribute to their courage, their valor, and their unwavering commitment to upholding the values we hold dear.

As we gather with family and friends to enjoy the long weekend, let us also take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

This Memorial Day, let us come together as a thriving community to honor our fallen heroes and to express our heartfelt appreciation for their service. May we never forget their sacrifice, and may we always hold their memory close to our hearts.


Coffee & Chat (member event), 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Topic: “Florida Gulf Coast University Service Leaning Programs” presented by FGCU’s Director of Service Learning Justin Fitzgerald. Learn how non and not-for-profit organizations and government agencies can utilize FGCU students to help with agency needs through direct service, indirect service, advocacy, and research. Registration is required.

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event), 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Four Points by Sheraton’s Dockside Grill, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Registration and meal selection is required.

Social Club-Fun After Five (open to all), 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at The Chef’s Thai Sushi Bar & Grill, 2150 Tamiami Trail, Unit 22-24, Port Charlotte. Let’s get social to catch up with friends, colleagues, and make some new connections. Pay your own way for food and drinks.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event), 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Realtor Association Building, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte (note the location change). Guest speaker will be Sheriff Bill Prummell, who will present the great initiatives the CCSO accomplishes to keep Charlotte County safe. Immediately following our program, we’ll have a ribbon-cutting Insurance Professionals USA.

Business Card Exchange (member event), 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, 450 Shreve St. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided, along with fun and games of course for everyone. Bring a gift to promote your business and don’t forget your business cards.

Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.


Ribbon cuttings are an effective way to meet the business owners (and fellow chamber members) in an informal atmosphere and develop great connections. Plus, you get familiar with their products and services provided. Please take the time to show your support and attend our ribbon cuttings.

Sharp Development & Kristine Lewis, Underwriter Insurance Corp. (grand opening): 5-7 p.m. (ribbon cutting 5:30) Wednesday, May 29 at 6035 Taylor Road, Suite 105, Punta Gorda. Appetizers, drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Pioneers Pizza Express (grand opening): noon-3 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m.) Friday, May 31 at 2686 Tamiami Trial, Unit A6, Port Charlotte. Pizza tastings from noon to 3 p.m. Registration is requested.

Rossini by Chef Rocco (grand opening): 4-5 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m.) Monday, June 3 at 18101 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte. Tastings and refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.

Mazda of Port Charlotte (grand opening): 4-6 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, June 4 at 798 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. Registration is requested.

To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.


The Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024’s Denim & Diamonds Gala Event is set for 5:30 p.m. June 1 at Bert’s Back Porch Pavilion (behind The Twisted Fork) at 2224 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. To secure your tickets and/or sponsorships, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222. All event proceeds benefit the Loveland Center and the Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.).

Bob White is the executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.