Remember our Heroes: Visit Punta Gorda’s Military Heritage Museum

060417-N-8157C-162Today is Patriot day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Most of us still refer to it as 9/11. We will never forget that day.

It is difficult to write a blog on a day like today. It’s nearly impossible to capture the collective sadness this day conjures for our country. However, whenever tragedy strikes, we take solace in remembering that with every tragedy there are heroes who stand up, risk their lives, and fight for others.

In the spirit of honoring our country’s heroes and keeping true to this blog’s purpose of showing you all things we love about Punta Gorda, this week we look at the Military Heritage Museum in Fisherman’s Village.

Step into the museum and you can view over 30,000 military artifacts. From medals to newspaper articles to uniforms, each piece carries with it the stories of heroes who fought to keep our country free. Every major American conflict dating back to the Civil War and extending up to the conflict in the Middle East is represented. The museum obtains most of its valuable memorabilia through donations from veterans and their families.

Visitors are often treated to  much more history than what is on display. While you are there, take a moment to chat with one of the museum volunteers. Two employees and forty volunteers staff the museum. Most of the volunteers are veterans with their own stories exemplifying the museum’s motto: Freedom isn’t Free.

If you have been meaning to visit the museum but never seem to get there, perhaps it is time to put one of their events on your calendar. Throughout the year, the museum hosts events to remember our heroes.

The next event on the museum’s calendar is the “Never Forgotten” ceremony on September 21, 2013.  At 1:00 p.m., the museum will honor POW/MIAs in the center court of Fisherman’s Village. There will be a reading of names of Florida missing, a speech by SGM Martin Jordan, U.S. Army Retired, and commemorative ceremonies. A reception will follow in the museum.

The entire event and reception are free.

October 21 is the deadline for submissions for the museum’s “Wall of Warriors”. The wall salutes those that were honorably discharged and went on to do good in their communities at home. If you know someone who belongs on this distinguished wall, you can submit their name on this form or call the museum for more information.

As Punta Gorda residents, we are proud to have this museum in our town. We salute all of our nation’s heroes from our veterans to our first responders.

Military Heritage Museum
Fisherman’s Village
1200 Retta Esplanade Unit 48
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission is free

Have you visited the Military Heritage Museum? What impressed you the most?

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