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.

A Young Marine at The Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968

 A Young Marine at The Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968
Originally published on Jun 1, 2012

This clip is an excerpt from The National Memorial Day Concert that aired on PBS on Memorial Day, 2012.

In his first major television appearance since “NYPD Blue” ended its 12-season run in 2005, Dennis Franz confirms “it’s very meaningful to me, on many levels” to be involved in the concert.

“I’ve been asked to read the story of a Marine who was in Vietnam, and it tells not only about the terror and confusion and loneliness and all the other emotions — not to mention great fear — one can imagine experiencing over there, but coming back and trying to make the transition to life at home without complete acceptance. At that time, the country was pretty anti-Vietnam War, so I can relate to that very much.

“My story ends on a happier note,” Franz adds, “but unfortunately, many of the homeless vets who are alive now are roaming the streets and trying to find shelter. The first time I read this, it brought back many of the experiences I was going through at the same time.”

Thank you, John Klice, for sending me this poem:


“In the end, we need to know –
it was not really about a cause…
or a country…
or an institution…
or a branch of service.

It was only about you
and the warrior next to you.

And you should confirm in your hearts
an understanding
that the sacrifice you made
for each other
will not be casually dismissed
by shallow people
or revisionist history –

neither of which
will ever be able to meet
a fraction of the trust or
commitment that you
(at tremendous costs)
laid upon
the battlefield of life.”

Dennis Baker

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