Monday, December 6, 2021

Veterans Day Ceremony on Marco Island

Korean War-Era Vets to Receive a Welcome Home!



Welcome Home! to Korean War-Era Veterans will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park, which will be sponsored by American Legion Post 404 and the City of Marco Island.

Set for Saturday, November 11th at 11 AM to 12 PM, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a Special Tribute to Korean War-Era Veterans highlighted by a special City of Marco Island Proclamation recognizing all Korean War Era Veterans.

A keynote speech by Rep. Francis
Rooney III (R-Naples), along
with speeches by Collier County
Commissioner Donna Fiala and retired
U.S. Army Col. Charlette Roman,
who is a member of Marco Island City
Council and American Legion Post 404.
A review of the Korean War’s history
by Bill Duncan, chaplain of American
Legion Post 404 and a Vietnam War
Navy veteran.
An opening prayer by Charlie Purple,
a U.S. Navy Seabee during World War
II and a closing prayer by Mike Harris,
chaplain of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla # 95, Marco Island.
A POW-MIA ceremony led by the
past commander of Marco Island’s
American Legion and VFW posts,
Lee Rubenstein, and Bill Horton,
commander American Legion Post 404.
A reading of the names of Marco

veterans who have passed away over
the last year by VFW Post 6370.

The ceremony will again be a blended
affair involving all four of the island’s military organizations: American Legion Post
404, VFW Post 6370, U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla #95 and Marco Island’s
Civil Air Patrol squadron. Representatives
of each organization will comprise a color
guard bearing the flags of the four military
groups, while the American flag will be
carried by members of the city’s police and
fire-rescue departments. The color guard
will be led by U.S. Marine veteran Doug
Bartlett, commander of the Marco Island
Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The ceremony will also include:

The Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub
Scout Pack # 234, Marco Island.
“The National Anthem” and “America
the Beautiful” sung by Susan Doyle,
of Naples, followed by a fly-over by the
Civil Air Patrol squadron in a World
War II era plane.
Keith Dameron, vice president and
business development officer for
IBERIABANK, Collier County, serving

as master of ceremonies.
Patriotic music provided by DJ Steve
Reynolds and the playing of “Taps” by
Greg Gruesel of Marco Island Lutheran
A special, covered seating area for all
veterans and special VIP seating for the
Korean War-era vets and their spouses
will be provided.

The City of Marco Island will cover the cost for renting the tents and chairs that will be used for the ceremony, which, in the past, had been funded by the island’s veterans groups through public donations. IBERIABANK will underwrite all other expenses for the ceremony.

Vietnam War-era veterans were honored at the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony. This year’s event will honor the sacrifices of vets who served from January of 1950 to June of 1955, the Federal Government’s timeframe for the Korean War era.

“The Korean War is sometimes called the forgotten war,” notes Lee Rubenstein, past commander of Marco’s American Legion and the VFW posts. “No truce was ever signed and even today, the Korean peninsula is once again on the verge of North Korea trying to ignite another war. We remember and honor all veterans from all years. It’s especially important now as our Korean veterans are aging and they deserve to be thanked for their service 57 years later, Marco Island style.”

A large crowd is expected, so please arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Veterans Community Park is located at 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.

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