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.


Independence Day Parade Old Naples 2015

 

Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

Lead off Vehicle for The 4th of July Parade down 5th ave

 Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Join us for the Naples 4th of July Parade  in Old Naples, as Military Vehicles Provided  by The Museum of Military Memorabilia lead off the Parade in Celebration of Independence Day. followed by High School Bands Cheerleaders, Fire trucks, Swamp Buggies, etc.. and Politicians. then after the Parade head over to The Naples Airport to The  Museum of Military Memorabilia for an expanded display and a Celebration of our Independence Day

Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

“Sarge” walking entire Parade route handing out American Flags to Patriots in the crowd

Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

Greg Garcia and his family riding his 1942 Willys MB

Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

A Ford GPW WW2 w/ trailer

Independence Day Parade  Old Naples 2015

A Ford M151 A-1 “Mutt” Owned and driven by Robert “Bobby” McDonald with Charlie Moore WW2 Veteran/ Pilot of D-Day

Robert McDonald plays the bugle throughout the entire parade route  Chris Melfi - Veteran of Afghanistan War in back seat

Robert McDonald plays the bugle throughout the entire parade route Chris Melfi – Veteran of Afghanistan War in back seat riding in a Ford M151A2 ” Mutt” ( owned and driven by Dave Collins ) also known as “C.W.”

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as “the Fourth of July”. It is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States.

Independence Day is a day of family celebrations with picnics and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom. Activities associated with the day include watermelon or hotdog eating competitions and sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged races, swimming activities and tug-of-war games. Many people display the American flag outside their homes or buildings. Many communities arrange fireworks that are often accompanied by patriotic music. The most impressive fireworks are shown on television. Some employees use one or more of their vacation days to create a long weekend so that they can escape the heat at their favorite beach or vacation spot. Independence Day is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the positive aspects of the United States. Many politicians appear at public events to show their support for the history, heritage and people of their country. Above all, people in the United States express and give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of many of today’s Americans. The Statue of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with Independence Day.

 

In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them. The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States. However, the term “Independence Day” was not used until 1791. Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.

Here are pictures of last years parade  in a Slide Show setting

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