Wreaths Across America to honor veterans

Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee community members will honor veterans on Saturday by placing holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans. A motorcycle procession will gather at the Cypress Hut Eagles Aerie, 4701 U.S. 441, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. At 11 a.m., the procession will leave for the cemetery. At noon, a ceremony […]

Veteran Rodney Stevens has had a great life

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Rodney Stevens was born and raised in Belle Glade and joined the Army in 1970, when he was 25 years old because he got into some trouble and had a choice of going into the service or into jail, and he made the logical choice, he said. His parents were well-respected business […]

Our own Bronze Star WWII awardee: Victor Weiger

OKEECHOBEE — Victor Weiger was one of Okeechobee’s own CCC/WWII heroes, and five years after he died at 93, his widow from Buckhead Ridge continues to go see his fellow conservation warriors in Sebring every fall. Most folks know what “WWII” means. But probably not what “CCC” means. Among the Sunshine State’s millions of retirees, […]

M.O. Kent built that house with his own hands

OKEECHOBEE — I have enjoyed and appreciated the articles about our veterans and their service, and recent happenings spurred me to recall one of our mostly unknown veterans, whom very few citizens will remember. Some may have noticed that the little frame house on the southeast corner of Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest 21st Street […]

Veteran Roy Pearce was ready to come home

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Roy Pearce was born and raised in Okeechobee, and was drafted into the Army after high school. He went to Fort Benning, Ga., for basic training and then was sent to Fort Dix, N.J., for Advanced Individual Training as a truck driver. From there, he went to Fort Campbell, Ky., and that […]

Dillehay takes all the men from his unit with him to reunions

OKEECHOBEE — Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Bill Dillehay was drafted in January of 1967 and was sent to basic at Fort Campbell, Ky., but it was so full that they only spent two days there before they were sent Fort Bragg, N.C. It was funny, he said, because people that were in his unit, B92, […]

Rex Erwin’s family has a long history of service

OKEECHOBEE — Rex Erwin calls himself an Army brat, because his father was a Korea and Vietnam veteran, who did a total of three tours and retired as a sergeant major. He served in the Honduras 173rd Airborne Infantry Division. He was an LRRP (long-range reconnaissance patrol) member in Korea and also served in the […]

Community honors Veterans Day

OKEECHOBEE — A crowd of area residents turned out for the Veterans Day observance in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on Monday, Nov. 11. In the front row, Gold Star mother Pamela Suzch Nettle Decerio held a framed drawing of her son, Shawn Michael Suzch. Shawn was career military, she said. He was killed when […]

Seminole Tribe celebrates Veterans Day

OKEECHOBEE — The 32nd anniversary Seminole Veterans celebration and recognition ceremony was held on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the beautiful veterans building on the Brighton Reservation. According to former chairman of the Seminole Tribe Mitchell Cypress, the first ceremony took place after he, Roy Nash Osceola and Jacob Osceola decided they should honor their boys […]

Mr. Monroe talked her into the best decision of her life

OKEECHOBEE — Born in West Branch, Mich., but raised in Florida, Melissa Johnson-Martinez moved to Okeechobee when she was about 12 years old, and said she has always loved it here. During her high school years, she said she would describe herself as a little mischievous, not a bad kid, but she barely graduated. She […]