A record turnout at the Lee County Spirit of “45 Ceremony Sunday honored the sacrifices and service of those veterans who served in World War II. Exactly 71 years from the day the war ended in the final, Pacific theater, August 14, 1945, Sunday’s event brought out a number of local notables, but the focus was on the 112 World War II veterans who attended. Islanders and WWII veterans Chuck Golden and “Huggy” Ellyat both spoke to the approximately 400 attendees. Other speakers included Harold Crisp, Sid Harris and Mathew Lichorowich. Period music was performed by Alex Herron.
Lee County Spirit of ’45 Chairperson Eryka Aptaker was delighted at the number of veterans and supporters who attended the event at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort, especially the number of WWII veterans. Noting that it was the exact day of VJ Day, she reflected on how different life would be now, had it not been for those who served. “I hope their example is followed by generations to come. “