Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.


What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.



I was a Guardian to a WWII Veteran on an Honor Flight

    November 09, 2013 was an amazing day I was a Guardian to a WWII Veteran on an Honor Flight  from t0 Naples, FL  to Washington DC.
     We met at the Naples Airport at 3:30 am and transferred by two buses to the Ft. Myers Airport.  We were 50 veterans, 50 guardians, 50 wheelchairs and several facilitators to keep things moving. 
      We traveled by charter air to Washington DC and visited the World WWII Memorial and an itinerary of the major memorials in the city.
      We witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery and visited the Vietnam Wall and the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima to mention a few.
       My Vet was an 89 year old radio man who served on the Lexington (an aircraft carrier in the Pacific).  He and all the other veterans had a wonderful time, so many military and civilians came to thank them and shake their hands. 
      Some vets could hardly walk.  We had several female veterans.  We were all assigned to one person and taking a wheelchair to every event was mandatory.  I was fortunate, my guy was a walker and only used the wheelchair when everybody was ordered to use them as a time saver.  He wanted to give me a ride.
  So much fun and such a long day.  We arrived back at the Ft. Myers airport after 11pm to crowds of welcomes.  Everywhere we went they were honored.  We had police escorts, fire trucks and hundreds of both military and citizens cheering and shaking their hands.
  It was a very emotional day and I would do it again if the opportunity were to present it’s self.
Joyce Lehrke
Docent
 I was a Guardian to a WWII Veteran on an Honor Flight

Bob McDonald & Joyce Lehrke standing in front of the pacific war display in the Museum

Joyce & Robert McDonald ( President )
Museum of Military Museum of Memorabilia
Naples Airport
Naples, Fl.
 


Collier County Honor Flight

Collier County Honor Flight’s mission is to transport Naples and Marco Island area Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. We were established on September 25th, 2013 to bring this program to the Collier County area. The inaugural flight was on

November 9th, 2013.

Support for these trips is provided by volunteers and is at no cost to the veterans. Top priority is given to our most senior heroes – survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorial. The program will also extend to our Korean War Veterans as space allows.  In the future, we will naurally transition to the Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis.

Trips are simply not possible without public support.  Prior to the Honor Flight Network, many veterans had given up all hope of ever seeing the World War II Memorial. Now they have hope, but time is not on our side. We truly believe that the service of our WWII vets and their sacrifices saved the world from oppression and this is our very small way of saying,

“Thank You.”


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