On March 29, the Estero Island Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, honored more than 75 local Vietnam veterans at a Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony at the Fort Myers Regional Library in recognition of the nation's 50th Vietnam War Commemo-ration program.
The Lawrence Kearny Chapter, NSDAR, and Caloosahatchee Chapter, NSDAR, co-hosted the event.
Veterans attended along with their friends and families as they were recognized one by one with a presentation of certificates of appreciation and 50th Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pins.
Estero Island Chapter, NSDAR
Vietnam veterans on hand for the program included, from left, Richard Plesak, Juan Cordero and Harvey Charter. Based in Cape Coral, Plesak is president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Firebase #594 chapter, in Lee County.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Firebase #594 presented the colors and a POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony was held. Veterans and active duty personnel from all wars were recognized. Four women Vietnam veterans participated in the event.
Commissioner Frank Mann read a proclamation on behalf of the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Alexis Mansolo read remarks on behalf of Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.
Other local dignitaries in attendance were Fort Myers Mayor Randall Hender-son; Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass; Commissioner Brian Hamman; Lt. Angelo Vaughn, Lee County Sheriff's Office; Tami Holliday, representing U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; and Leilani Gonzalez, representing Rep. Ray Rodrigues.
Connie Lizak, newly elected NSDAR State Registrar and Estero Island Chapter Honorary Regent, offered this to the veterans, "This may be 50 years overdue for some of you, but we say 'thank you' to you and your families for your service."
Mission BBQ, which supports veterans and military, provided food for the ceremony, as did Annie's Restaurant of Cape Coral and members of the Lawrence Kearny and Caloosahatchee NSDAR chapters.
Throughout the month, Estero Island Chapter, Caloosahatchee, and Lawrence Kearney chapters of NSDAR co-hosted a 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Display at the library.
The 50th Vietnam War Commemora-tion activities are being held in tandem with the national organization based in Washington, D.C., and DAR chapters across the country to recognize the sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans and their families. This is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who returned home after the war 50 years ago and are now being honored for their contribution to our nation's history.
For more information contact Carolee Dunivan at (708) 890-7280 or visit www.eidar.org/.