Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Charlotte County Veterans Council Donates Computer

The Charlotte County Veterans Council will present a dedicated computer to the Military Heritage Museum on behalf of Don Moore, a longtime military affairs writer, Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m., during the “Village and Verse: Taste of the Village” literary/culinary festival at Fishermen’s Village.

Terry Lynn, President of the Veterans Council, said the computer will enable veterans and visitors to the museum to read a growing cyber-collection of “War Tales,” the popular column about military men and women written by Moore which appears weekly in the Charlotte Sun.

“Freedom’s not free,” Lynn said. “Giving people access to these tales of military men and women is a way of reminding us of the sacrifices people made for this country.”

Lynn praised Kim Lovejoy, Executive Director of the Museum, for her vision.

“Kim understands technology, and the importance of blending the displays and artifacts at the museum with the latest computer advances,” Lynn said. “That means we’re sure she’ll find a way to combine our gift with existing displays to present a dynamic picture of our veterans.

Moore, who is working to archive the thousands of “War Tales” he has collected, was surprised but pleased to hear of the gift.

“I’m just doing my job in telling these stories, but I’d love to find a way to get them all available for research or whatever,” he said.

Moore, who has published two volumes of his “War Tales” columns, will be available to autograph copies of his books. The ceremony will take place at the Military Heritage Museum, located just inside Fishermen’s Village.

All veterans and the general public are invited to attend the ceremony.