Celebrating Our Heroes: Poems

THE HOOCH By Lance Corporal Michael P. Prikril Dang Ha, Vietnam June 10, 1969 We sit in a circle At the end of each day It sure was a hot one That’s what we always say We scrounge up some soda Hoping it’s cold Then talk of our past The same story told Of Mom and of Sis Standing on […]

Essay Contest: What does Patriotism Look Like?

1st Place: By Josie Torres TBE 5th Grade Period 3 Laudise “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country!” is what Nathan Hale said over 200 years ago. He expressed these powerful words when the British were about to hang him. His words demonstrate his love for our country. He obviously died a patriot […]

How do you honor a veteran on Veterans Day?

Marco Polo restaurant has a special way to pay tribute, free dinner! For the last few years, Marco Polo has opened their doors and provided free dinner to veterans on Veterans Day. The selected entrée this year, especially prepared by the culinary team, a delectable Surf and Turf combination featuring Baked Stuffed Shrimp and Chateaubriand. Tom Naifeh, who has been […]

Marco Island Center for the Arts to welcome a Tuskegee Airman and an Historian and Artist for the Airmen at its November Gallery Opening

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is proud to announce that Tuskegee artist and historian, Mr. Clint Martin, and Tuskegee pilot, Lt Col. Leo R. Gray, USAF Ret., will be a focal point for the gallery opening of Salute To Service: America at War, on November 8, 5:30PM-7:30PM. It is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed. […]

Wounded Warriors Softball comes to Marco

By Natalie Strom  They are a softball team like you’ve never seen. Nearly twenty veterans of the post-9/11 era have come together to form WWAST; the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. As their name suggests, everyone on the team was injured in the line of duty and wears a prosthesis of some sort. Their mission: “to raise awareness, through exhibition […]

A daughter’s story

By Melissa Mayo Williams My father, Joseph “Coach” Mayo was part of The Greatest Generation. He was a wounded war hero who earned three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for his service with the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army. Did I know this growing up? No, I did not. I was a young adult when a […]

Veterans Day ceremony and Memorial dedication

When the dream began a small group of military veterans, most of them old soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, the “Greatest Generation” from World War II, sought to have a fitting memorial at Veterans Park. On November 11, 2011, the dream becomes reality. The Memorial is located near the water and is in a beautiful, tranquil place for resting and […]

TECO Gas Company Natural Gas Line Installation

Beginning this week, TECO gas will be installing a 6 inch natural gas line onto the island under the Marco River. This installation will be similar to our recent subaqueous installation of the 24” raw water main. The boring pit will be located on the Marco side of the old Jolley Bridge in the area now know as the gravel […]