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

25 September 2008 - Happenings at the Military Heritage Museum

There's much going on in and with the Military Heritage Museum these days. You have probably read that the City of Punta Gorda turned down our proposal to purchase the retail space on the ground level of the parking garage that is being built on the corner of US 41 N and Olympia Avenue.

It was our hope that the City would understand that, while we would only pay for the actual cost of that space, we would bring a greater value to the city by attracting visitors who would then move on to shop and dine and occupy hotel rooms.  We have been invited to come back with a different proposal, and we may, so stay tuned ...

There's a new display with artifacts and memorabilia from the Vietnam War in our large window, so stop by and check it out.  I’d like to point out that most of the items in this display are on loan from Martin Jordan, Wayne Cummins, and Larry O’Grady, and I thank them very much.  I’d like to remind readers that we’re very happy to take items on loan.  We’ll do whatever it takes to continue our mission, which is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free.

I also need to thank Charlie Wagner of Charlie's Furniture Assembly for assembling the glass case that's used in that display.  Charlie came at a moment's notice and assembled it at no cost to the museum, and we really appreciate his help.

There's another company whose efforts we appreciate, and that's Prompt Towing.  Remember the 2 1/2 ton Army truck the museum acquired earlier this year?   It still runs just fine, but we haven't been able to insure it, so we can't drive it. Prompt Towing towed it for us, at no charge, to the home of one of our volunteers, George Kauffman, who is removing the rust so perhaps we finally can insure it.  Thank you very much to these wonderful people for their generous nature and services.

Now I’d like to call upon your generous nature as I invite you to participate in our Veterans’ Golf Tournament on November 9, starting at 8:30 a.m. This is a fundraising event, and I’d like to emphasize the “fun” part.  You don’t have to be a veteran, and you don’t have to be a serious golfer. The format will be “Captain and Crew,” (a scramble) and lots of prizes will be awarded. It’s $65 for an individual, or $250 for a team to play.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, including very affordable $75 hole sponsorships. Go to and click on “News from the Front,” or call 575-9002 for more information.

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