Check back here regularly to find out where the Council members are engaging with the community.
Please send updates to CCVCvets@gmail.com. They will be posted in this blog.
We are looking for Honor Guard Volunteers!
We are looking for Volunteers from each service to form an Honor Guard.
If interested, you must have a Dress Uniform and Regular service uniform.
Please contact us by email at CCVCVets@gmail.com.
Which organizations can furnish a Honor Guard for formal ceremonies?
Marine Corps League
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Naples Police Department
Which organizations can furnish a Rifle Salute?
Marine Corps League
This year's Veterans Day at Cambier Park was the largest one in recent memory. Several groups participated in this year's ceremony. We would like to thank
the JROTC, Veterans Council Board Members, veterans groups who marched their flags onto the stage, high school band, the Museum of Military history, the bagpiper, and our bugler.
Several members of the Veterans Council attended a Veterans Day ceremony at Gulfview Middle School. Students were paired with each veteran to discuss several
aspects of our service. They asked us probing questions to compose an essay about each man they met. There was a pilot, POW, Chief Petty Officer, an Administrator, and a grunt among the
group. Following the interview, we enjoyed the music of the school band, the essays of several students, and thoughtful remarks from the school Principal, Kevin Huelsman. Afterwards, we
enjoyed lunch outside the cafeteria.
Naples performing arts center, Artis-Naples, invited the CCVC to perform a formal flag retirement ceremony in order to show the proper respect to their tattered
national banner. The retirement was led by Frank Kerr and assisted by Che and Ted Moore.
One of the grand traditions of the Serviceman is to walk in the Fourth of July parade. It is a proud patriotic gesture to don one's uniform once more and go
forth into the world. This year, Chief Petty Officer Carl, Cpl Moore, SSgt Freddie Vazquez, and several other veterans all proudly rode inside the parade. Cpl Moore rode through 2016's
parade in a WW2 Army Jeep. It was graciously provided by Tom Arnold, a local Jeep enthusiast.
CCVC President, Chief Carl, was immortalized in a bronze bust in 2010 by sculptor Michael Jernigan. Someone has literally put him on a pedestal. Our handsome Chief was, no doubt, selected for this honor due to his long and successful career in the Coast Guard
and several tours in Iraqi theater of war. His sculpture is part of collection made by Michael Jernigan and is touring the
Country. The collection includes 21 Servicemen and one service dog, "Rex". It will finally make its way to Naples' Von Liebig Arts Center in November of 2019!