Veteran Jack Wolff wouldn’t trade his veteran’s life for anything

OKEECHOBEE — Jack Wolff always said his time in the service was kind of fun in a way. Born and raised in Okeechobee, Mr. Wolff graduated in 1944. Two weeks after he graduated, his mother passed away, and two weeks after that he was in the Army. He said he wanted to join the Navy, […]

Elks to host Veteran’s Stand Down June 15

OKEECHOBEE — On June 15, at 8 a.m. the Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge 2871 at the American Legion Post 64, will host the second Veteran’s Stand Down. The homeless and financially at risk veterans are invited to attend and pick up food baskets of non perishables and gift cards for Publix to purchase perishables. There […]

Veteran Robert Bennett taught English in Vietnam

BELLE GLADE — Veteran Robert Bennett was working his way through college bagging groceries during the 1960s. At that time, they were drafting but joining was more complicated, he explained. You could join for four years, but if you wanted to join the reserves, there was a long waiting list. Above all, he did not […]

Memorial Day services at Ortona Cemetery

GLADES COUNTY — The 2019 Memorial Day Services were hosted by the Farris H. Davis American Legion Post 299. Commander, Jennifer Cook presided over the ceremony. Invocation and benediction were presented by Pastor Charley Watts. The opening ceremony was presented by the Glades County Sheriff Dave Hardin’s Color Guard. Auxiliary Unit 299 presented two Quilts […]

American Legion brings moving experience to Fort Myers

FORT MYERS — Peace, honor, remembrance. Those emotions and so many others are stirred for visitors to The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. The mobile exhibit honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who died in the Vietnam War and those who were unaccounted for during the war, bringing the experience of the iconic Vietnam […]

Soldier who gave his life in March honored

CLEWISTON — A soldier who was part of the Clewiston High School family was remembered during the Memorial Day ceremony put on by Clewiston High School Public Safety Academy students on Monday at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Sgt. Joseph P. Collette, husband of CHS graduate Caela Collette and son of Mrs. Roberts from the school, was killed […]

Memorial Day marked at Ortona Cemetery

ORTONA — At the Memorial Day remembrance gathering in Glades County, which takes place annually at the Ortona Cemetery near Port LaBelle, several dozen people got together at 11 a.m. Monday morning to remember all those who gave their lives in the service of the United States. Inside the fan-cooled Ortona Cemetery Pavilion, Moore Haven […]

Veteran Dr. Charles Tolbert would like to be secretary of the VA

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Charles F. Tolbert was raised in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of a WWII veteran who was a bombardier on a B-52 and who was taken prisoner a couple times and a mother who had four children before she was 17 years old. Dr. Tolbert’s childhood was not ideal, he said. Two of […]

West Palm Beach VA to hold Memorial Day Service May 24

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Memorial Day service to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives in military service to a grateful nation. The service will be held on Friday, May 24, at noon in the Main Chapel of the West Palm […]

Before he was a legend, Gordie Peer was a Marine

OKEECHOBEE — Local legend Gordie Peer is known as a stunt man, a cowboy and a Wild West entertainer, but what might not be known about Gordie is before he was any of those things, he was a Marine. Raised in Canandaigua (which is the Indian word for the chosen spot), N.Y., Gordie enlisted in […]