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Rotary Club of Longboat Key to celebrate veterans

On Veterans Day, those who served in the Vietnam War will receive pins and recognition.
by: Nat Kaemmerer Staff Writer

The Rotary Club of Longboat Key will host a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 to honor those in the community who have served in the military.

Join veterans and their families for a talk on advancements in casualty care and a special U.S. Department of Defense pin recognition program for veterans of the Vietnam War.

The Rotary Club encourages all veterans and their families, plus members of the public, to spend time with those who have served our country. There is no admission fee, but call Jack Rozance at 383-5659 or email at [email protected] to RSVP for the event. The event is from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. 

Dr. Daniel Wyman

Dr. Wyman served in the US Air Force Medical Services for 33 years in various leadership positions including command surgeon for the USAF Air Combat Command. He retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General and will be speaking about advancements in life-saving battle care.

“Many times, military services are a family affair, so for many of our current veterans, they have (family) that are in the military,” Dr. Wyman said. “For them to understand and know that like we did back when they served, we are doing our best to provide cutting-edge healthcare and life-saving capability.”

Joseph Holt

Holt is a retired master sergeant for the U.S. Army and served for 20 years as principal pianist with the U.S. Army Chorus in Washington, D.C. 

At the Rotary event, Holt will direct a performance of patriotic and military music by the Choral Artists of Sarasota, where he is in his eighth season as artistic director. 

Scott Wuesthoff

Wuesthoff, like Dr. Wyman, is a retired Brigadier General with the Air Force who recorded over 3,500 flying hours. He now acts as Deputy Director of Operations, National Military Command Center in Washington, D.C.

Wuesthoff will assist with the presentation of pins for Vietnam veterans. 

“For me as a senior officer to participate in a ceremony like this, and recognize our veterans and especially the Vietnam veterans, is just absolutely the right thing to do” Wuesthoff said. 

Dr. Stanley Minken

Dr. Minken is also a retired Brigadier General with the Air Force and will be assisting with the pin recognition ceremony for Vietnam veterans. He has served as a vascular surgeon and with the Department of Defense as Chief of Academic Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. 

“The event is important because we have to honor the veterans, especially the veterans who served in Vietnam,” Dr. Minken said. “The pin is really a lasting memento of the nation's thanks to them. These were individuals who basically put their lives on the line to serve this nation, and I think it's now being appreciated when it wasn't appreciated at that time.”


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