Military Heritage Museum
Fishermen's Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Unit 48
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Mon - Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sun: noon to 5pm
Admission is free

12 August 2008 - POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony Approaches

Please mark your calendar for an important event.  On Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Center Court in Fishermen's Village, there will be a POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony, in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Day the day before. This will be presented by the Vietnam Brotherhood - Echo Company, AMVETS Post 60, and the Military Heritage & Aviation Museum. Call the Museum at 575-9002 for more information. The museum will be unveiling a new display immediately after the ceremony.

With great reluctance, the museum’s board of trustees accepted the resignation of the Museum’s treasurer for the last six years, Ron Olsen of Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA.  Olsen stepped down to give himself more time to pursue other areas of interest. He and his staff have handled all of the Museum’s accounting, mostly gratis, and the board would like to publicly thank him, and Kathy and Sabrina of his firm, for all of their hard work.

Fortunately for the museum, Joe Schortz, has agreed to take over as our newest trustee and treasurer.  Schortz is a shareholder and principal with Crosland, Joiner, Schortz, Sorah & Co. PA in Charlotte Harbor.  Schortz has been a CPA for more than thirty years and moved from New Jersey to Charlotte County in 2004.   An especially interesting note:  wherever he goes, he retains a long-standing client, the original Blues Brothers Band.

Thanks to the hard work of Don Vecoli, Jim Barrett and their crew, the inaugural Southwest Honor Flight is scheduled to leave on September 13.  The Honor Flight was established, according to the website, to honor World War II veterans – their “way of paying a small tribute to those who gave so much; to take a memorable, safe, and rewarding flight with honor!” On that flight will be museum volunteer and World War II veteran, Ric Prideaux; museum trustee Dr. David Klein, as a volunteer physician; and museum trustee Henry Reposa, as a volunteer escort.  This flight has been a long time in the planning, and more flights will be scheduled as funds become available.  We applaud the organizers and suggest that you go to to see how you can help.

If helping is on your mind, here’s something else to consider.  How about volunteering at the museum?  Our volunteer guides are not all veterans, and there’s no sexual discrimination here.  Indeed, four of our volunteers are women.  You don’t have to be knowledgeable about the military or history; you’ll work with an experienced volunteer to learn about our displays and become comfortable.  Once-a-week four hour shifts are the norm, but we can work with your schedule. Please call Laurie Vullo at 575-9002 if you’d like to find out more.

Kim Lovejoy is the executive director of the Military Heritage & Aviation Museum, located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information about the museum, call 941-575-9002, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit