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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:04AM

Military museum honors veterans

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SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

The Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda is filled with donated military items such as these: U.S. Air Force Nomex Flight Suit from Janet Hepfer and the U.S. Air Force Anti-Gravity Suit and Flight Helmet by John Drittler.

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Volunteer and D-Day survivor Bill Price, 93, talks to visitors at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Capt. Luis Chirichigno, of Southwest Florida, donated the pink prisoner of war uniform he wore along with his Ho Chi Minh sandals. Chirichigno was held as a POW in Vietnam for three and a half years. He spent eight months in a bamboo cage, like the one photographed here near his uniform.

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This wall displays various U.S. Army uniforms over the years.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

From parachutes and model airplanes hanging from the ceiling to exhibits on the floor, there is a lot to look at inside the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda.

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Th ere are places our grandparents, parents, siblings, neighbors and friends have been that we don’t want to imagine: a crowded Higgins Boat in rough seas, a cramped bamboo cage in Vietnam, an Afghan street pockmarked with disguised roadside bombs.

These are just some of the places the bravest among us have endured as military veterans of our great country.

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