Veteran turning 100 to be honored with procession

’30s Civilian Conservation Corps and WWII veteran Hank Sulima has been a humble educator and historical ambassador for decades in Florida VERO BEACH — The Veterans Council of Indian River County is organizing a celebratory parade with friends, neighbors, admirers and history buffs to honor a local veteran who will turn 100 years old on […]

Riles joined Army for a better life for his family

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Demetre Riles was born and raised in Okeechobee, graduated from Okeechobee High School and then went to Bethune-Cookman University on a basketball scholarship. After two years, he made the decision to join the Army and better his life, because his first child was on the way. He went to basic training at […]

Honor Flights are not just seeing the monuments

OKEECHOBEE — Honor flights are meant for all veterans, said organization spokesman Ed Abbott. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” Mr. Abbott is a Korean War veteran who served aboard the USS Abbot. He always jokingly […]

Travis Futch joined the Army after high school

OKEECHOBEE — Born and raised in Okeechobee, Travis Futch joined the Army a month after his high school graduation and shipped off to boot camp in August 1997. He joined because he was not ready to go back to school, although he had two scholarship offers. He was just ready to take a little break […]

Veterans’ headstones clean in honor of Memorial Day

LABELLE — Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 gathered at the Fort Denaud Cemetery to clean the headstones of veterans who had been buried there as part of a local movement started by Trae Zipperer, a Navy veteran. Wanting to do something to show respect for fallen soldiers, Mr. Zipperer started on a mission to clean and […]

Veteran Lee always wanted to join the Army

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Tessa Lee was born in Okeechobee in 1981 to Teri Mixon Lee and Shannon Lee and said she knew she wanted to join the Army as early as middle school. She knew the type of jobs available in Okeechobee, and the agriculture life was not really for her. She was only a […]

Veteran Norfolk only known survivor of plane crash

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran James Norfolk has the distinction, as far as he knows, of being the only man to ever survive the crash of a Grumman S2F Tracker antisubmarine plane while wearing no harness. Mr. Norfolk was born and raised in Maryland. He was drafted in 1956, but unlike most draftees, he was put in […]

Okeechobee cares about its veterans

OKEECHOBEE — The citizens of Okeechobee have always been generous when it comes to veterans in need, and even in these difficult times, they did not hesitate when presented with the opportunity to give. Wednesday night, April 22, around 10 p.m., Gregg Maynard, who is known for his work with local veterans, posted on need […]

Veteran’s widow donates to another veteran

OKEECHOBEE — Beth Jennings fell in love with her husband, Ed, when she was only 3 years old. Of course, he was 12 and had no idea, she said. Their parents were friends, and Mr. Jennings got to go hunting with the men, but they never let her go, because she was too young. Mr. […]

Storey joined the Navy right out of high school

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran George Storey was born and raised in Cleveland and joined the Navy about 12 hours after he graduated from high school. He graduated at 9 p.m. and went to the recruiter’s office to sign up early the following morning. His older brother was in the Navy, so his parents were not surprised […]