Traveling Vietnam Wall of Honor will be on Marco Island in December

Closing ceremonies for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall were held Sunday featuring the Last Patrol of Pinellas County, a Vietnam-era re-enactment squad made up of Vietnam veterans .   Michel Fortier/Staff

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Closing ceremonies for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall were held Sunday featuring the Last Patrol of Pinellas County, a Vietnam-era re-enactment squad made up of Vietnam veterans . Michel Fortier/Staff

— The Wall That Heals, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, is coming to Marco Island for a five-day stay at Veterans Community Park.

On Dec. 6, large tractor-trailers will carry the moveable monument here for assembly and display in the park. The tractor-trailers then will be transformed into a museum that accompanies the wall. If all goes well, the wall will welcome visitors from Dec. 7-10.

The complicated deal that will bring the wall to Marco was confirmed just this past Monday, in a phone conversation between wall officials and Lee Rubenstein, a member and past commander of Marco’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370.

“We are thrilled and excited to bring this exhibit to Marco,” Lee says. “Anyone who has seen the Memorial in Washington knows the impact this traveling wall has on people who see it.

“I think we can expect large crowds of people to come see the wall and pay their respects.”

Lee is organizing teams of volunteers, many from patriotic organizations, to give the traveling Wall That Heals motorcycle escorts at it rolls into northern Florida and a police escort as it nears Marco.

Already several Marco businesses and other groups are inquiring about being sponsors of the wall’s visit. One example, the Marco Beach Hilton, will offer food and lodging to the crew that travels with and assembles the wall, then takes it apart for its next location.

Lee jumped through a few hoops to make the exhibit’s visit here possible. At first, it didn’t look promising.

“I wanted to get it for the 11.11.11 dedication ceremony at the park, but I found out there’s a two-year wait. I was sort of discouraged, but I told the director of the memorial in DC that if anything opens up to please call me. A few weeks ago, I called again, but he said Nov. 11 was still taken.

“He asked would we host the wall in December. I asked which year and he said this year, that they’d had a cancellation. I said we’ll take it. I contacted the city and the committee here and the dates were good, so here we go.”

As described in the website for The Wall That Heals, “The exhibition features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is complete with the 58,272 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. When new names are added to the Memorial in Washington, D.C., The Wall That Heals is updated.

“The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names. The panels join together to form the structure.

“The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. The names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center.”

Lee says the wall will be placed in the large grass area of the park and the museum trailers will be in the parking area.

For more details of the exhibit, the web site is www.vvmf.org.

– Don Farmer, Chris Curle

Casey Weston to headline Bayshore fest

Casey Weston, country singer, guitarist, and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” this season, will be the headline performer at the annual Bayshore Festival of the Arts presented by Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center (CAPA) on Jan. 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Collier County’s Sugden Regional Park in Naples. Weston will perform on Saturday.

More than 250 Southwest Florida performing artists and the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve will entertain festival attendees. In addition, the Bayshore Festival of the Arts will include an art show featuring the works of juried local visual artists.

Music will alternate between two stages. Saturday’s lineup includes award-winning Seacrest High School Chorus, Inish Celtic Trio, Tir Na Nog Celtic Dancers, Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus, Frontline Bluegrass, and Collier County’s pride and joy, Casey Weston.

Sunday’s eclectic mix of music includes the Naples Klezmer Revival Band, Naples Concert Band, the Rebecca Richardson Quartet, the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet, and will close with a rousing performance by the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve from Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

Naples restaurants and food vendors will provide food and beverage for sale at the Festival.

“Bring your dancing shoes, chairs, blankets, and be prepared for two days of fabulous entertainment and inspirational art.” said Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center Vice President Chellie Doepke in a news release announcing the festival and its headliners.

The Bayshore Festival of the Arts is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

For information on Bayshore CAPA or the Bayshore Festival of the Arts, call the CAPA office at (239)775-2800 or visit www.bayshoreCAPA.org.

Weston will appear at two other Southwest Florida events in the coming season: at the Women Today event at Germain Arena Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; and at tthe Marco Island Music Festival Oct. 29. Currently, however,, she is touring with other finalists from “The Voice.” Their tour opens Wednesday in Los Angeles and is scheduled to play six dates from Las Vegas to New York.

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Another phony post from Herzili-Klabautermann trying to disguise with another blogger's tag.

Your posts are hurtful to those who served, were injured and to those whose families were destroyed and lost loved ones. For once, in your totally distateful life, keep your opinions to yourself or better yet, go back to where you think you can have a better life.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Herzili-Klabautermann,

The wall that is being brought to Marco is to HONOR those who fought and gave their lives for this country. Whether you agree or disagree with the war has absolutely nothing to do with the reason for their being HONORED.

You obviously do not have the slightest understanding what this is is all about. Your concern for other people has never been a strong point in any of your blogs and does not show in the slightest way in what you blogged above.

LadueVGilleo writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Lafarge writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to islandeye1_235971:

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Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Typical for Liberal Democrats.....Blame everyone else for their failures and just talk them down with irrelevant, persistant babble.

cyberk9doc writes:

Current soldiers in all branches of the US military owe a deep sense of gratitude to all Vietnam veterans. Because of the way they were treated upon returning to the US, Americans in general now feel VERY guilty for how they acted. These soldiers were just doing their job. It is because of these Vietnam veterans that I was treated with so much respect after returning from a combat tour in Iraq. These Vietnam veterans are the Hero's----not us.

'I stood up, I showed up, I stepped forward.

I raised my right hand, I stood in the gap, I walked in the fire.

I did not run, I did not hide, I did not dodge, I did not evade.'

Consequently...

I have nothing to prove, no one to convince, those who matter, already know.

Those who don't, never will.

Freddie Zink,DVM
Marco Island, FL
US Army [Ret]

Lafarge writes:

Herzili, First you insult every veteran and veteran's family earlier by your comments, they then get removed as a result and now you come back with this previous statement. Are you now expecting anyone to believe you?

I do not believe a word you say nor should anyone else.

Lafarge writes:

No Herzili, you are trying to twist this around and using the loser position of blaming someone else when you get caught. I am talking to you and to you alone not anyone else on this blog. You insulted ALL VETERANS, ALL AMERICANS, ALL MARCO ISLANDERS. You hurt the families of those who gave of themselves and their loved ones and try to put yourself into their catagory. You were probably one of the draft dodgers up in Canada burning the American Flag when other real Americans were sheading their blood.

Lafarge writes:

Nobody has used the word hate and propaganda as much as you do. You repeat the same accusations over and over to complete boredom, but yet if anyone disagrees with you, right away, they are like some historical figure you read about.

Stalin, Norway, Oklahoma have nothing to do with the insults you stated in your posts. Using those other people or places is just your weak, constant, attempt to deflect your culpability.

You have had several posts, directed at you, pointing out and documenting your lies and yet you deny them and try to convince others that they never happened.

Lafarge writes:

And an additional point to bring up. I know that there are two Islandeyes posting on this site. One was the origional and the other was you attempting to confuse the new readers on this blog.

Your using that second Islandeye as a scapegoat is not fooling anyone.

Lafarge writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Herzili, What does any of this have to do with your insulting Veterans and hurting their families by your insensitive blogs?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Lafarge writes:

I never said if I was in Viet Nam or not. What I did say is that ONLY you, MarcoIslandWomen/ Islandeye1_235971 have posted insults against All VETERANS,ALL AMERICANS AND ALL MARCO ISLANDERS. That is, what you are now arguing with yourself about in the previous two posts. Was Jane Fonda your comrade in North Viet Nam where you learned to insult Americans? It surely, appears that way.

Lafarge writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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M.H. Still blogging to yourself. Still does not excuse YOU from being a very hurtful Anti American who has insulted Veterans, Veteran's families and Marco Islanders by your persistant, inconsiderate blogs. You can try to re-direct your blog to something that has nothing to do with that, but you are fooling anyone. Your husband is You and the only person who loves you may be you yourself and quite frankly I doubt that, too.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

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Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

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Odd, how this husband/self duo loves anything called Jane!

LadueVGilleo writes:

MarcoIslandWomoron

What a waste of genetic material you are; why don't you check into a hospital and donate some organs?

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

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Saying things like that about America and American soldiers will surely get you removed form this blog, and it is about time.

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