The military museum presents a tribute to the Sullivans

The Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, will present The Fighting Sullivans, a tribute to the heritage of the Sullivan Brothers presented by Hal Burke, at 11 am on Saturday, November 27, at the Gulf Theater.

Mr Burke, a leader of the USS The Sullivans Association – for the sailors who served on the two Navy ships named for the brothers – shares the story of the five Sullivan brothers, who were sailors in World War II of American Irish descent who, despite resistance from the Navy, got their wish to “stay together” and were all assigned to the doomed USS Juneau. They were all killed in action shortly after her sinking around November 13, 1942.

The five brothers were George Sullivan, 27, second class second; Francis Sullivan, 26, coxswain; and Joseph Sullivan, 24, Madison Sullivan, 23, and Albert Sullivan, 20, all of whom held the rank of Second Class Seaman.

Hollywood made a movie, “The Fighting Sullivans”, based on the brothers. The 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan” was inspired, at least in part, by the Sullivans, who were also briefly mentioned in the film.

Mr. Burke is a Navy veteran who served from 1961 to 1967. He served on the Fletcher-class destroyers, USS Prichett DD-561 and USS The Sullivans DD-537, as well as on the carrier. Essex-class aircraft USS Lake Champlain CVS-39. He shares with his audience the story of the five Sullivan brothers and their historical connection to Alfred Einsenstaedt’s iconic Life magazine photograph of “The Kissing Sailor” in Times Square in New York on VJ Day.

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The Wyvern Hotel awarded with the Community Service Award

Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International Inc. – a global portfolio of boutique, boutique and historic resort hotels – last month recognized the Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, with its Ascending Community Service Award. The Wyvern was chosen from 7,100 other hotels around the world to receive this honor.

To celebrate the award, representatives from Choice Hotels, Edgewater Group LLC (a multi-disciplinary boutique real estate company that provides value-added advisory, management and investment services), hotel staff and local dignitaries attended. attended a ceremony at the hotel, where the Wyvern Hotel presented a $ 1,000 donation to Back Pack Kidz, a local charity dedicated to feeding hungry children, as well as a $ 1,000 game by Choice Hotels . Additional contributions of $ 500 each were made by the Wyvern Hotel to the Visual Arts Center and the Military Heritage Museum.

The Bottom-Up Community Service Award is presented annually to a hotel team or individual who has gone above and beyond to improve hotel performance while being a contributing partner to the betterment of the community of which they are a part. The Wyvern Hotel supports local children’s charities and works with the Visual Arts Center to showcase the work of local artists in the hotel every six months.

“We look forward to welcoming more hotels like the Wyvern into our portfolio,” said Janis Cannon, senior vice president, premium brands, Choice Hotels. “Not only does the property represent the best of Ascend and its unprecedented upscale experience with a rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic water views that are favorites with local residents, but they are deeply engaged and integrated. into the fabric of the community and support a variety of organizations for children and the arts – that’s exactly why this hotel so deserves the Bottom-Up Community Service award.

“We are honored to win the Ascending Community Service Award for our efforts in local arts and children’s communities,” said Ketan Vora, Founding Partner of Edgewater Group. “Service is at the heart of everything we do in the hospitality industry, from providing an exceptional experience for our hotel guests to being a great teammate in the community.

Rotary brings lunch to first responders

The Punta Gorda Rotary Club brought lunch for the Punta Gorda police, firefighters and first responders to the public security building this week. Publix Super Markets supported the lunch with a grant to the Rotary Club to help defer expenses.

Club members joined with police and fire service staff in thanking them for all they do to make our community safe and healthy. The members were greeted by Police Chief Pamela Davis; Holden Gibbs, chief of operations and paramedic; and Jennifer Jones-Molnar, Fire Marshal. Police, firefighters and paramedics came in groups and joined for lunch and lively conversations. The lunch was hosted on behalf of the club by Rotarians Breven Baima and Karla Gerner. ??