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76th Iwo Jima Anniversary Ceremony held Sunday at Eco Park

One of the most famous battles that resulted in one of the most iconic images of the World War II era marked its 76th anniversary this week and was remembered at Cape Coral’s most prolific veteran honor area.  The 76th Iwo Jima Anniversary Ceremony took place this past Sunday at Eco Park in ...

Proud to serve

He's been with Breeze News-papers for 22 years but almost 70 years ago Richard Rush was serving his country during the Korean War in the Navy. Rush is a proud veteran. A native of Indiana, he moved to Lee County in April of 1998 and by August was working with Breeze News-papers in the ...

Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be relocated to Eco Park

The Veterans Midpoint Memorial Charitable Trust Inc. announced today that plans are under way to move the Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial, now located in Fort Myers, to the veterans area in Eco Park in Cape Coral. The memorial was originally dedicated in 2008 on McGregor ...

Lt. j.g. Webb-Martin serving aboard USS Halsey

EAST CHINA SEA -- Lt. j.g. Brittany Webb-Martin, from Cape Coral, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), serves as officer of the deck (OOD). The U.S. Navy celebrates 245 years of unmatched combat power, presence, reach, flexibility, endurance and ...

Local combat wounded veterans recognized at Cultural Park Theater

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Cultural Park Theater honored and recognized local combat wounded veterans from The Military Order of the Purple Heart during the theater's show. The program, sponsored by Carol Rae Cullinton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, provided a venue for honoring combat ...

Meet the mess hall crew at the SWFL Military Museum

Bob Smith didn’t choose the nickname “Buffalo” Bob after the Howdy Doody character. “I was a school bus driver in Buffalo, New York, for 12 years. There were five of us named Bob Smith. I took the name of the city.” A high energy person, Bob served as a cook on a U.S. Navy ...

Fort Myers resident serving aboard USS Antietam

PHILIPPINE SEA — Boatswain's Mate Seaman Clarkensy Smith, from Fort Myers, Fla., cleans life vests aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). The Antietam is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the ...

A ‘Rosie the Riveter’ calls Cape Coral home

The first thing you notice about Helen Anderson is her gentle spirit and serene smile. Born Nov. 2, 1924, the eighth (and last) child of Josephine and Louis Medick, the family occupied a two-bedroom cold-water flat in Chicago. Her father died when she was 9 years old. The family existed ...

Island Coast High’s Hayford receives NROTC Scholarship

An Island Coast High School senior has been selected for the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship. Logan Hayford applied for the Marine Option College Program, which is the part of Navy ROTC, specifically designed to mold young aspiring college students into Marine Corps ...