Local World War II and Vietnam veterans to be honored at special reception

Twenty local World War II and Vietnam War combat veterans, who served in various tours of duty, will be honored at a special reception Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 pm in Hodges University’s Science & Technology building, 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples. The event is sponsored by Hodges University and Iberia Bank.

At the reception, each veteran will be presented a portrait that was painted in their honor by local artist Malenda Trick. The paintings are part of the Veterans Portrait Project that have been on display at several Iberia Bank locations, the Falciglia Art Gallery at Hodges University, and at other locations throughout Collier County.

“You can’t imagine how honored we are to be able to host these incredible Americans and recognize them for their service to our country,” said Phil Memoli, Vice President of University Advancement at Hodges. “After speaking with a few of these veterans, it is easy to see why they are called ‘the greatest generation,’ because they truly sacrificed their freedoms in order for us to continue to enjoy the freedoms we cherish.”

15 of the veterans served in World War II and another five served in the Vietnam War. Each will receive their portrait at the reception hosted by Oscar-winning narrator and 2004 Hodges University Humanitarian of the Year, Peter Thomas. For more information, please call 598-6169.

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