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Annual Military Appreciation Picnic

This year’s Military Appreciation Picnic is dedicated to honoring, remembering, recognizing and appreciating those who have served, along with those now serving.  All service members and their families are invited to enjoy a free day of food, fun, games, fellowship, and live music.

In the Navarre area, these everyday heroes surround us. They are our neighbors, little league coaches, co-workers, and friends.  We make it a point to express our gratitude during the month of May (and beyond) to those currently serving in the armed forces, our veterans and their families," said Kristen Rhodes, Chair of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is currently seeking sponsorships, volunteers, door prize donations, and goody bag items for this wonderful event as it feeds, entertains and shows appreciation for military members and their families in the Navarre area.  For information on how you and/or your business/organization can get involved or arrange a pick-up of your donation items, call Chanda Ryan at 850.939.3267.

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Committee Military Affairs Committee (MAC) is a group of Navarre Chamber Members who volunteer service to the military through support of the military mission and enhancement of the relationship between the community and the military.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Hurlburt Air Force Base have the largest economic impact on Santa Rosa County and the Navarre area.
“More than anything, the Picnic is a ‘thank you’ to military personnel and their families for being a very special part of our community,” said Navarre Chamber President/CEO, Chanda Ryan. “We’ll have our chamber members, board of directors and a number of other business and organizations throughout the Navarre area coming out to celebrate the military in our community.”

The event is also intended to foster a relationship between the military and the Navarre area business community.  “We really value the relationship that our community has with our area military bases, and the partnership we have with the folks at the bases,” she said.

The event will focus on saluting military families, active duty, veterans and civilians alike.

We are expecting 750+ in attendance.
All active duty, veterans and retired military families in the Navarre area are invited to register for your free ticket(s) on Eventbrite.  Military families from the surrounding bases and those visiting Navarre Beach from other parts of the country are also invited to register for free tickets and make plans to join us for the Military Appreciation Picnic.

If you have any questions and/or need more details about the Picnic or the Chamber, please visit

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