As a veteran-owned business, Mach 1 Financial Group felt that their veteran clients and other veterans across the Northwest Arkansas community had not received the level of respect and recognition they deserved for their sacrifices. Wanting to change this dynamic, they teamed up with Benton County Veterans Services, The NWA Veterans Coalition, Post 100, the Civil Air Patrol and others to start the NWA Veterans Day celebration.
Approximately 175 people attended Mach 1 Financial Group’s inaugural Veterans Day event on November 10, 2015. All fundraising and donations from the event were donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit charity that provides scholarships to children of special operations personnel who were killed while serving.
“It was a privilege to be a part of something so memorable for our local veterans,” said Kyle Alexander, COO of Mach 1 Financial Group. “We just hope those in attendance felt the honor and appreciation of our community for the many sacrifices they and their families made for our country. Keni Thomas, the Civil Air Patrol, Post 100, Chuck Whittle, Judge Clinard and so many others really gave it their very best effort to make it an outstanding inaugural event.”
David Lee, CEO and founder, also found the evening successful and said he looks forward to the event continuing to gain recognition in future years. After serving nearly a decade in the US Air Force as an F-16 fighter pilot, Lee (Major) understands the need for the recognition of veterans in the community and was glad this event added to that recognition.
”We really enjoyed the opportunity to host the first annual NWA Veterans Day Celebration event in Rogers, Arkansas,” Lee said. “It was very well received by the veterans in attendance and we really appreciated the positive feedback. Most indicated that it was an outstanding event, certainly better than they ever expected and they plan to get the word out next year!”
To view photos from the 2015 event, please visit our Facebook page.