Naples Spirit of ’45 Weekend Tribute

Peter Thomas History Fund

  • Coordinates Collier County History Day
  • Coordinates Winning Student to Florida History Day Competition
  • Teacher Training on FL’s Role in WWII

Operation Christmas Spirit

  • Christmas Tree and Gift for Local Veterans in Need
  • Victory Florida – Thank You Across Florida
  • Naples Christmas Parade Filmed Live

Naples Spirit of 45

The effort to connect the latest generation to the greatest generation to fight cultural amnesia began in August 2010 when the 111th Congress passed a Concurrent Resolution making the 2nd Sunday in August the Official Day to remember the ending of WWII and the legacy of a generation that:

  • Endured the Great depression
  • Defeated the greatest enemy the world had known
  • Rebuilt not only their county but those of their enemies

We added our signature Spirit of ‘45 Breakfast to make it a weekend of events tribute We started with 70 participants and today we host over 325+ veterans, family members and collaborators.

On the 2nd Sunday in August, TAPS ACROSS AMERICA remembers honors those who gave their all with a concert, wreath at sea ceremony, fly- over and M & M Cafe Ice Cream Social.

After six year, the committee said it was time to form our own 501c3 while keeping true to our core value of collaboration. So in 2015 the application was filed and in April 2016, SWFL Veterans Alliance Inc. became official.

Our original collaborative partners are still with us. Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, collaborators, sponsors and vendors are dedicated individuals and organizations who share in the collaborative spirit philosophy as essential to serving our local veterans.

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Our Mission

Serving Those Who Served

SWFL Veterans Alliance

(501c3 47-5143194)

Honorary Board

Polly Crews, Michel Doherty, Pappy Wagner, Don Tallon

Board of Directors

Lois A. Bolin, Ph.D., Reg Buxton, Diane van Parys, Wayne O. Smith

Advisory Board

Sandra Buxton, Julie Campbell, Judith Haight, Heather Hornus-Corace, Diane Helter, Dusty Holmes, Dr. J.D. Holmes, Ret. Col. Rick LoCastro, Jeanne Sweeney, Christine Sutherland, Michael Whyte


Above Board Chamber, Adel Amico, AVOW Hospice, Jim Albert, BSA 2 & 255, Jean Baker, Brian Boyd, CAP Naples SER-FL 376, CAP Marco Island SER-FL 376, CCVC, Glennis Carter,  CSN Veterans’ Program, Randy & Mary Ellen Cash, Heather Corace, Melinda Clark, Calendar Girls Florida, DEVOE CADILLAC  Faith Lutheran Church, Flotilla Base 93, Fly High Aerial, Tess Hornace, Jewish War Veterans, JROTC, Don Goller, Gulf Coast Veterans & Friends, Jean-Marc Katzeff, MOPH CH 696, Latchkey Kids, LEGACY OPTIONS LLC, Marine Corp League of Naples, Bob McDonald, ED Meece, Daniel Melvin, Nick Mullins NaplesConcert Band Trumpet Ensemble, Naples Trolley, Northside Naples Kiwanis, Oakes Farms Market, RWSFF, Pelican Bay Rotary, Charlie Purple  Sage Catering, Herb Savage, Shula’s Steakhouse, Wayne Smith (Estero), Taylor Rental, Trumpet Ensemble of the Naples Concert Band, USA Freedom Kids, USSVI Naples Base, VITAS Veterans in Paradise, Venturing Crew 242, War Veterans of Marco Island, VFW Post 7721,  VWF Post 7721 Auxiliary, Vote in Honor of a Veteran, Kena Yoke


We pay tribute to our Veterans and our Military through a variety of initiatives.


We work with schools and students interested in the Florida History Day Competition


We honor our veterans at our yearly


We collaborate with a variety of organizations in SWFL to accomplish the needs of veterans and our current military


SWFL Veterans Alliance Inc.
4888 Davis Blvd    # 103  Naples FL 34112 US
Telephone:  239-594-2978
Mobile   239-777-2281 (Lois Bolin)
E-mail: swflveteransalliance@gmail.com