On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Town of Fort Myers Beach will hold its Second Annual "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" event honoring our local WWII veterans in accordance with the original Proclamation issued by Town Council and signed by Mayor Larry Kiker in 2011. This tribute to our WWII veterans is to be held annually on the second Sunday of August.
This year's tribute will be held at Junkanoo on the Beach, located at 3040 Estero Blvd. Junkanoo is graciously donating 25 free fish dinners to WWII veterans; guests/spouses may purchase from a selected menu. Cocktail hour to toast our veterans begins at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served from 5 to 6 p.m., while DAZ donates 40's, 50's and patriotic music for your enjoyment. The Veterans dinner seating is limited and reservations for dinner are required. Please RSVP for reservations by calling Casey at 560-4682.
Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremonial festivities which begin at 6 p.m. and include a resounding rendition of the National Anthem by our Town Manager Terry Stewart, color guards and bagpiper, helicopter flyover (Lee County Sherriff's Dept.) with salute to the American flag (FMB Fire & Rescue Dept.), guest speakers, the wreath ceremony and much more. The ceremonies will end with the traditional playing of "Taps" in keeping with "Taps" being played across the nation at 7 p.m.
The second annual Fort Myers Beach Spirit of ‘45 event has been moved this year from Crescent State Family Beach to Junkanoos on the Beach on Aug. 12. The Color Guard and Town Manager Terry Stewart singing the National Anthem will again be key parts of the ceremonial festivities.
According to the national Spirit of '45 organization's web site:
"This year's Spirit of '45 campaign theme is "Honor the Unsung Heroes of WWII," in an effort to recognize the men and women who were the 'ordinary heroes' of the generation that endured the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought and won World War II, and then participated in an unprecedented effort to rebuild the world by laying the foundations for a better future for their children and their children's children, for friend and former enemy alike."
Don't miss this opportunity to "Honor the Unsung Heroes of WWII".
--submitted by Joe and Vernie Kosinski