Four Chaplains ceremony planned

Every year, Americans nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services. On Sunday, Feb 10 the American Legion Post 130, VFW 10100 and the Masonic Lodge 379 in LaBelle will present a commemorative patriotic and faith based service at 2 p.m. at the Carlson United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell Street.. Please join us in supporting […]

A Veteran’s Story: Army Medic Jesse Cuello

Jesse Cuello is one of the kindest and most fascinating people I have had the pleasure of meeting in LaBelle. Always greeting you with a smile and will likely never run out of stories to tell, if you know him you know he is a very busy man here in our little town. You can […]

A VETERAN’S STORY – 1st Cav Hhc Adam Hopper

When given the opportunity to write a series that would feature local veterans, I immediately turned to my husband Adam Hopper. He reluctantly agreed to let me write about him. I first met Adam, in Alaska, while I was a rookie firefighter. He was appointed as my supervisor at our local fire station. He was […]

2018 Veterans Park “Makeover” Community Project

Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Director and youngest member of the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Pioneer Family, Ramiro Rodriguez, would like to thank all the business and organizations that made the Veterans Park Project possible. 1. My co-partner from the beginning to the end, Nikki Yeager. 2. Juan Montes Jr. with C&A Tranzports, LLC removing all grass and old […]

Veterans Day Celebration and the story of the Poppy

This wall of names was dedicated on November 11, 2018 in the Veterans Park in LaBelle. Did you know that you should wear the Poppy on the right side and that the RED represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the BLACK represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved […]

Marvin Ruble joins Collier Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization creating solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They fly veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Marvin Ruble, a Vietnam Veteran, the Commander of the VFW and the 1st […]

Raising funds for the Pink Warriors

Pictured from Left to Right: Pete Vasquez, Electa Waddell, Lynn Chiarelli, Steve Mockler, Jim Rodgers, Marvin Ruble, Bethany Humphries, Linda Gille, Rose Mockler and Sharon Rodgers.   The American Legion Post 130 Benefit for Breast Cancer Month was a success with their 6th Annual Save the Ta Tas Fund Raiser with additional co-operation and fund […]

Retired Marine marches 140 miles for Injured Warriors Fund

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of repeated tours over a period of 16 years in Iraq and Afghanistan was en route through the area on a six-day, 140-mile hike last week to draw attention to the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder on the ranks of former military members. Retired USMC Staff Sgt. Oscar Rauda, 42, […]

Family dedicates bell to Veterans Park

The bell was moved by the Parks and Rec. Dept. from the Lynn’s home to a restoration site in preparation for the dedication at the LaBelle Veterans Park on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The bell pictured is from atop the William S. Mitchell, a dredge operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for […]

Groundbreaking for the new wall and the Veterans Park

Thank you to all who attended The Groundbreaking Ceremony Saturday, June 30 at the Veterans Park to locate “The Wall”. The New Veterans Granite Wall is to be in Place by Veterans Day, November 11. All Veteran names that are on bricks at the park will be on the wall. August 1 is the deadline […]